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Man Shows Up at State Police Barracks with Box of Grenades


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A bomb squad was called in Monday afternoon after a man brought a box of grenades to the West Virginia State Police barracks in Huntington.

Kenneth Spears says he bought four military boxes outside a flea market in Ashland on Saturday that he intended to put tools in.

Spears says he looked in one of the boxes Sunday night and, very much to his surprise, saw there were four grenades inside.

He says he took them to the home of a friend, a former marine, who told Spears they appeared to be live.

"When I first opened it up I thought, ‘Man, these are cool,’” Spears said. “Then I got to thinking they might be live. I had them checked out and they were live. So then I freaked out and thought ‘Man, that's dangerous.’"

Not knowing what else to do, Spears pulled in at State Police barracks about 1 p.m.

Troopers say he called just as he was pulling in.

A bomb squad from Charleston was called to the scene. The grenades have now been removed and disposed of, Sgt. Greg Losh says.

Losh says it was determined those were training grenades, but still potentially dangerous, especially if they were to go off in a moving vehicle.

Losh says if you ever come across anything like this, don't do what this man did.

“If you come across that, don't bring it to a public place,” Losh said. “Don't bring it to the State Police barracks. Call us. We'll come take care of it. We'll come to you."

Spears was free to go and got to keep the boxes.

Troopers say it's not clear yet if any laws were broken.

Surrounding businesses and Huntington East Middle School were notified, but State Police say at no point were they in any danger.


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