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Man finds, carries grenade 3 blocks; nearby church employees put on alert

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Several police cars blocked the intersection between 15th Street and Kentucky Street by Hale and Curtis. Several police cars blocked the intersection between 15th Street and Kentucky Street by Hale and Curtis.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A bomb scare put a church campus on alert Friday morning after officers discovered a grenade in a nearby parking lot.

A man, who police would not identify, carried the potentially explosive device three blocks from Dixie Highway and Gallagher Street to the 1000 block of South 15th Street.

"We certainly don't recommend anyone touching something they think might be an explosive device," said Sgt. Robert Biven with the Louisville Metro Police Department, "but this person had good intentions, and thankfully, no one was hurt."

Biven said a pin was still in the device, but officers could not determine whether it was 'live' or had been deactivated.

"You can't tell until it's properly disposed of in a safe location," Biven said. "It appears to be some type of hand grenade that was improvised in some capacity."

The situation unfolded across the street from St. Stephen Baptist Church.

"The officer came in and told us they had a situation on 15th street," said Vicki Todd, who works inside St. Stephen. "We had to stay away from the windows and entrance for a while, so it was kind of scary."

The LMPD Bomb Squad removed the grenade and cleared the scene by 11 a.m. Friday.

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