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Grenade found at recycling center in Duluth

It's believed the hand grenade was left for disposal, not to harm anyone.
Recycling metals at the Materials Recovery Center in Duluth. 

Recycling metals at the Materials Recovery Center in Duluth. 

A hand grenade was discovered in a disposal bin at a recycling center in Duluth on Saturday. 

According to a post on the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's (WLSSD) website, staff members at the Materials Recovery Center found the hand grenade wrapped in bubble wrap inside a metal tin in the mixed-waste area of the facility. 

WLSSD staff quickly moved customers off the site and closed the center for the remainder of the day. Local authorities transported the explosive device to a safe location. 

It is believed the hand grenade was left for disposal, not dropped off with the intent to harm anyone. 

This isn't the first time WLSSD has found explosive devices at one of its facilities. WLSSD Communications Director Karen Anderson told the Duluth News Tribune that dynamite has been found in vehicles of people dropping off materials at the household hazardous waste facility in Duluth's Lincoln Park. 

Meanwhile, WLSSD said on its website that residents who may find explosive devices (dynamite, TNT, blasting caps and loaders, military memorabilia or explosive chemicals) in their homes or on their property – something that does happen – shouldn't bring it to a recycling or waste facility, they should move to a safe place and call 911.

This is because the devices and materials can be dangerous and should be handled with caution.

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