Border shut down after grenade found

Published on Thu, Feb 19, 2004
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Border shut down after grenade found

The Peace Arch border crossing closed in both directions for an hour this week after Canadian authorities discovered a lost driver to be in possession of a grenade.

A 28-year-old woman from Texas tried to cross into Canada last Monday around 1 p.m. after she realized she was lost and heading in the wrong direction. The woman, who intended to drive to Vancouver, Washington, said she had no choice but to drive through customs. She told authorities she was trying to visit her husband, who is stationed at Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Tim Shields. �She was apparently new to the area,� he said.

The woman�s vehicle was inspected by Canadian officers who verified the woman was registered to the vehicle, but found a grenade in the process. The border then shut down for about an hour and traffic was rerouted to the Pacific Highway truck crossing, backing up travelers for much of the day during an already busy holiday. An explosives-disposal unit from the RCMP was called in to take care of the grenade.

Shields said officials determined the woman was unaware of the grenade in the vehicle and released her that afternoon. She was then questioned by U.S. authorities who released her late Monday night. The grenade was determined to be dead, not live, according to Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Mike Milne. �Official confirmation: Not a live grenade. ICE (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) investigation closed,� he said in a written statement.

Sources involved in the investigation stated the grenade had been dead for some time, and it belonged to the husband as a military keepsake.

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