Manitoba

Hand grenade scare clears Manitoba RCMP detachment

RCMP in Portage la Prairie hastily closed their office Tuesday afternoon when a local farmer turned up with what appeared to be a live hand grenade found in a field.

RCMP in Portage la Prairie hastily closed their office Tuesday afternoon when a local man turned up with what appeared to be a live hand grenade found on his property.

Police said the man, 43, told officers he had been tilling soil on his rural property when he uncovered the ordinance. He brought it to police for disposal.

"RCMP immediately evacuated the building as it appeared to be a live hand grenade," the Mounties said in a news release. Members of the Canadian Forces removed the device to destroy it at a remote location.

"It appears to have been a live hand grenade," police said, although it was very old and rusty.

The RCMP issued a public reminder that  any military ordinance, ammunition, or explosives should be left in place. "Notify RCMP or your local police agency immediately and they will arrange disposal."

There were no injuries or damages as a result of Tuesday's incident. The detachment was evacuated for about an hour and a half to facilitate disposal.