Shelby Township police and fire responded to a local Salvation Army store Monday, where an employee found three hand grenades in the donation drop-off area, police said Tuesday.
At approximately 12:53 p.m. Monday authorities responded a report that someone left three hand grenades in a donation box over the weekend. Nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution. The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad took the explosive devices and properly disposed of them away from the store, police said in a news release.
The squad identified the explosives as a Japanese Mortar and hand grenades from World War I and World War II.
“In many instances, munitions kept as souvenirs by U.S. servicemen and women are located by family members, without realizing whether those munitions might contain explosive material,” Shelby Township police stated.
The department encourages the public to contact police if potentially explosive devices are found. They are not to move the objects on their own.
Shelby Township police was not available Tuesday afternoon to comment further on this case.
Anyone with information about this incident at Salvation Army is asked to call police at 586-731-2121.