Belmont woman unsure of what to do with her souvenirs from her father’s WWII
service, brought a hand grenade and two mortar shells to the Belmont Police
Dept. on Wednesday for disposal, according to Capt. Pat Halleran.
The items were left in the woman’s car, prompting police to close off the Civic Center parking lot and order people in neighboring businesses and residences were asked to stay clear of the area.
Technicians from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded and took possession of the items. According to police, bomb squad technicians believe the hand grenade and mortar shells were most likely inert and will dispose of them.
The area where the woman had parked was closed off for approximately an hour.
The Belmont Police reminds the public that if they come across similar or suspicious items, they should not move or transport them. Call police to have them assess and deal with the items.