February 18, 2008 in City

Man arrested with training grenades

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

YAKIMA – Police arrested a 20-year-old man who was trying to clear security at the Yakima Air Terminal with two training grenades in a carry-on bag Sunday. The man, a member of the U.S. military, was released Sunday afternoon.

Transportation Security Administration agents spotted the grenades using a belt scanner about 11:15 a.m., Yakima police Sgt. Tim Bardwell said.

The grenades contained live fuses but had no explosives packed around them, Bardwell told the Yakima Herald-Republic. Authorities say the man lives on a military base in California, but Bardwell would not disclose his name, his branch of service or details about his questioning.

Police released the man, while Yakima County prosecutors and the FBI look into the incident, Bardwell said.

“We can’t restrict his movements,” Bardwell said.

Police locked down the small airport for a few minutes, then evacuated about 30 or 35 people while explosives experts from the Army’s Yakima Training Center dismantled the grenades.

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