the local police station was suddelnly evacuated yesterday.....because 2 hand grenades were found in a seized suspect's car. what's the big deal?

  • rnch

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    Jan 13, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    the sudden and total evacuation of a New Orleans police station yesterday was carried out because 2 live hand grenades were found in a box in the trunk of a siezecd car.

    WTF? why??

    sounds kinda stooopid to me.

    like there wasn't other similar armaments in the trunk of the other police cars parked next to it in the police garage? unless the pins were pulled, it's not the the grenades were going to suddenly explode.

    after all, this was a police station, where guns anad other forms of defense are routinely used and stored.

    this "evacuation" strikes me as the paniced response of some higher up management type, a true REF, who hasn't been past his desk and the water cooler for wayyyyyy too many years.

    as the immortial bard one wrote: "much a-do over nothing".

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    Jan 13, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    You ever seen what a grenade can do?

  • Fable

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    Jan 13, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    rnch said

    as the immortial bard one wrote: "much a-do over nothing".

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    I think you need to go back and study Shakespeare again.
  • Karnage

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    Jan 13, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Keep in mind that everything owned by the police force is also inspected and up to the quality standards of the police force. They have no idea where those grenades came from, and they could be really shitty black market quality that are ready to blow with the wrong bounce.

    Also, I'm pretty sure the police station does not keep bombs (because that's what a grenade is) on the property, except for maybe a little C4.
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    Jan 13, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    I think it probably was overkill since they didn't explode but if one had gone off and they hadn't evacuated, then the amount of lawsuit damage would have well exceeded the cost of lost work and disgruntled employees and the public.

    I see this sort of thing all the time near where I work. A paper bag or backpack left on the sidewalk and they shut down a city block, bring in the bomb squad, robot and a ton of officers (who stand around doing nothing because there's nothing to do since the robot has the control).

    Tax money wasted? Yes. Saved millions from lawsuits? Possibly. Error on the side of caution? Gonna happen this day in age!
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    Jan 13, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    The police control their own weapons, explosives and other ordnance. They have no means of immediately identifying the state of ordnance which is of doubtful origin. The safest method of dealing with such ordnance is to clear and cordon a safe area around it and wait for a qualified explosive ordnance disposal officer to deal with it. Otherwise, your thread title might have read, "Dumb Cop Removes Booby Trapped Grenade From Suspects Car: Takes Out Himself and Two of my Neighbors".
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 13, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    They did the right thing.