A Mission Hills police station was closed for several hours Sunday afternoon after a woman found a possible grenade in her brother’s bedroom and brought it to the station in an attempt to dispose of it, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
The woman brought the possible explosive to the station, located at 11121 Sepulveda Blvd. (map), around 1 p.m., leading to the closure, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.
“She wanted to bring it in to dispose of it and obviously that was a big mistake,” Lopez said.
The woman found the device in her brother’s bedroom on Sunday, Lopez said. The man was a war veteran and was not home at the time of discovery.
Lopez initially said the possible grenade was located in the woman’s son’s room, but later stated the man was, in fact, her brother.
After the woman brought in the suspected grenade, the bomb squad was called and the northbound 405 Freeway off-ramp at Rinaldi Street was closed.
The station and ramp were reopened as of 3:25 p.m. after the device was safely removed from the area, Lopez said.
“We got to treat it as if it’s something when hopefully it’s not,” Lopez said when asked if the device was an actual grenade.
No charges were expected to be filed.