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Police evacuate homes on Sagamore Street after toy prompts scare

March 20. 2013 11:09AM
The toy grenade removed Wednesday morning from the yard of a home on Sagamore Street in Manchester. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER - Residents of a Sagamore Street neighborhood have been allowed to return to their homes after a toy grenade prompted a scare Wednesday morning.

Police were called to 81 Sagamore St. about 9:30 a.m. for a report of a suspicious device. Workers digging in the yard near the foundation of the garage uncovered what appeared to be a live grenade, buried under 2 to 3 feet of dirt.

Six neighboring homes were evacuated, and the State Police bomb squad was called in to remove the device. A bomb technician X-rayed the grenade and deemed it safe. Police after examining it more closely then realized it was a plastic replica of a grenade.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the scene was cleared.

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