"Grenades" Left on Dallas Sidewalk

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    TK
    A woman placed a box of "grenades" on the sidewalk adjacent to the 7-Eleven at Red Bird and University Hills Blvd in Dallas Friday.

    The Dallas bomb squad had a busy afternoon disposing of two "grenades." 

    At least that's what the anonymous caller who left them on a store's sidewalk called the devices when she informed Dallas 911 operators of their existence -- and their need for disposal. 

    In the call, which was received at about 1:30 p.m., the woman said the "grenades" belonged to her brother and that she was tired of them being in her house. So, she boxed them up and left them on a sidewalk adjacent to a 7-Eleven on the 1100 block of Red Bird Lane near University Hills Boulevard.  Naturally.

    Dallas Fire-Rescue's Jason Evans said the woman agreed to meet officers at the location with the "grenades," but when the arrived she nowhere to be found. 

    Officers then evacuated a 1-square-block area and waited for the explosive ordinance team. When they arrived, the bomb squad determined the devices were not grenades, but instead were one smoke canister and one gas canister.

    Police said there was no real immediate danger to the public, that no threats were made and that the devices were detonated without incident.

    Officers have had, so far, no luck locating or tracking the caller.

    Should you find yourself in a similar predicament as the lady above, or should you stumble upon something you believe may be an explosive device or ordinance, Dallas police said you should call 911 and emergency responders will assist. And though police didn't say it, it's probably safe to say they would appreciate it if you didn't first place the device in a public area. In other words, leave it where you found it and leave the location.

    Officials added that it is illegal for someone to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell an explosive device.  It's a 3rd-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.