It is unlikely the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will be charged for the cost of retrieving a toy grenade from the waters off Portugal Cove-St. Philip's on Wednesday.

Specialized military divers were called in from Halifax after a boat owner spotted what looked like a grenade in about three metres of water in the St. Philip's boat basin area. 

Fearing it was the real thing, police blocked off the area for a couple of days until the divers arrived. 

Once divers got to St. Philip's, the military quickly confirmed that the device was actually a toy grenade.

RNC Const. Steve Curnew said the cost isn't a consideration when it involves any kind of military supplies.


RNC Const. Steve Curnew says the police force has not received a bill for the cost of retrieving a toy grenade near the small boat basin in St. Philip's. (CBC)

"The government of Newfoundland or the RNC have not received any bill regarding the services of the military in this case," Curnew told CBC.

"The military are responsible anywhere in Canada — if military ordnance had been located, it is their responsibility to collect or retrieve the item and render those items safe."

Curnew said the incident was hair-raising for a while, but the police are glad it has been resolved. 

There is no word on how the toy ended up in the water in St. Philip's.