Grenade found in Anna newspaper building was gift | News
ANNA, IL (KFVS)- According to Anna police, at 8:35 a.m. Thursday the owner of the Anna
Gazette Democrat called police about what appeared to be a hand grenade
on a desk.
Police confirmed that it was a grenade, and the Secretary of State Bomb Squad was called.
They said it was a training grenade. At first it was believed the grenade was live, but later police say that it wasn't.
Around 11:45 a.m. the bomb squad went into the building to remove the grenade.
Anna Police Chief Dale Foster says as of noon, everything was deemed safe and the grenade was out of the building.
Anna Gazette owner Jerry Reppert says he came in to work Thursday
morning to find what he believed to be a live grenade on his desk. He
called Anna police and then evacuated his 30 employees. They remained
out the building for about four hours while authorities investigated and
removed the grenade.
Reppert says he now knows the grenade was
left for him as a gift by a contracted cleaning person. That person left
the grenade there Wednesday night, but failed to leave a note
explaining the gift.
Reppert says the Illinois Secretary of
State's Bomb Disposal Unit X-rayed the grenade, then detonated the
device. It had enough residual powder to explode the device even though a
hole had been drilled in the bottom to allow the powder to escape by a
The bomb squad was making a final sweep of the building to ensure everything was secure before giving the all clear.
two block stretch perimeter had been shut down around the Gazette on
Lafayette Street for several hours leaving several businesses empty.
Kirk Keene owns a business three-doors down, but was not open yet. He
received a call from a friend who's wife works at the paper. He
evacuated and called his employees to tell them not to come to work.
Foster says after everything was secured, businesses would be allowed to reopen.
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