Live grenade safely detonated in Midland, Bunche Elementary lockdown lifted

Live grenade safely detonated in Midland, Bunche Elementary lockdown lifted
(Source: KWES)
Perimeter set in Midland (Source: Midland Police Department/Facebook)
Perimeter set in Midland (Source: Midland Police Department/Facebook)
Blocked off for grenade disposal in Midland. (Source: KWES)
Blocked off for grenade disposal in Midland. (Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland police have safely detonated a grenade that was found in Midland on Friday morning.

Authorities said they received a call from a citizen about a suspicious object in a vacant lot near the intersection of Lamesa Road and New York Avenue. That's when, authorities said, the citizen actually wanted a closer look, actually picked it up and put it back down.

As a result, a two block perimeter was evacuated and nearby Midland ISD school Bunche Elementary was placed on lockdown.

Sara Bustilloz with the City of Midland said, a rusty internal component of the grenade kept it from detonating. She added that the grenade did have a live charge but it wasn't as unstable as a newer grenade.

Police are unsure at this time how the grenade got there but they don't suspect it was intentionally placed.

Currently, no arrests have been made and there are no leads in connection with this incident.

The lockdown at Bunche Elementary was lifted on Friday afternoon and the perimeter has been released.

If you have any information, contact Midland Police at (432) 685-7108 or Midland Crime Stoppers at (432) 694-TIPS.

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