Grenade found on downtown Kansas City street; KCPD says don’t leave them lying around

Police were investigating after a grenade was found along a street Wednesday morning in downtown Kansas City.

The Kansas City Police Department posted a message on Twitter about 9:35 a.m. saying the grenade was found near Seventh Street and Grand Boulevard. Police later clarified it was found in a landscaped area in the middle of the block west of Grand.

Investigators had not determined whether the grenade was live, but police blocked off the area “out of an abundance of caution,” the police department said.

About 10:30 a.m., police said they had secured the device and were removing it from the area for further investigation.

Police were reopening the surrounding streets.

About noon, police said the device was a “modified hand grenade, possibly live.” The Bomb and Arson Unit was at a secure, off-site location investigating whether the device was live. No injuries were reported.

“It should go without saying, but please don’t leave grenades — even inactive ones — just lying around,” police said in a later tweet.

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Ian Cummings is the breaking news editor for The Kansas City Star, where he started as a reporter in 2015. He is a Kansas City native who graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012.