JOPLIN, Mo. — Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Cpl. Tim Hudson of the Joplin Police Department tells us on scene at 303 East 3rd they have summoned the Springfield Bomb Squad as part of an investigation of two devices.
A concerned citizen came into the police department shortly after 4:00 p.m. with concerns about some explosives she wanted to have the department take control of. Officers followed her to her vehicle and determined to not disturb them, and then summoned the Springfield Fire Dept Bomb Squad.
It’s unknown how the woman came into possession of them.
Officials determined the devices to be antique hand grenades. The design would date back to the 1940’s when that model was decommissioned or discontinued.
The area directly surrounding the parking lots south of the Donald E. Clark, Public Safety and Justice Center, 303 East 3rd, are marked off with crime scene tape and officers are on the perimeter. This main building houses Joplin Fire Station One, Joplin Police Dept, Joplin City Jail, and Joplin Municipal Courts.
Springfield Bomb Squad arrived shortly before 6:30 p.m. and spent time performing x-ray on the devices. They were determined to contain active explosive components. Firefighter bomb experts removed the antique grenades from the vehicle to a nearby less-populated area east of the jail.
The standard phrase, “fire in the hole” was announced loudly and the devices were remotely detonated. And they were loud. Hear the sound in our on-scene report.
No one was injured.
Downtown remained open and all traffic continued along East 4th and along South Virginia.
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