NYPD Evacuates Station When Man Brings Hand Grenade to Gun Buy-Back Program


A Harlem police station was evacuated today when a man walked in carrying a hand grenade, which he hoped to exchange for cash as part of the NYPD’s gun buy-back program. The entire 26th precinct station had to be cleared until the Bomb Squad arrived to take the grenade to the Rodman’s Neck Firing Range where they will determine what to do with the bomb. Through the gun buy-back program, you can return a weapon and get $200, no questions asked. The police have collected more than 6,000 guns since the program started in 2008. While police say that the man did not appear to be attempting to harm anyone, this whole story makes us wonder: what was he doing with a hand grenade in the first place? [NYDN]