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Grenade at VA hospital in West Los Angeles determined to be fake

Police respond to the Veterans Hospital in West Los Angeles after a hand grenade was found on Monday, April 29, 2013.

April 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A hand grenade found at Veterans Hospital in West Los Angeles Monday morning has been determined to be a fake.

Authorities responded to the 11000 block of Wilshire Boulevard after a patient found the device in the emergency room around 6:45 a.m., officials said. Police say it looked real. It was green and still had a pin in it.

"We treat it as if it was live. We made a safe zone within the facility to make sure all of our patients and staff are safe," said Department of Veterans Affairs Police Chief Ed Casey.

The emergency room area was evacuated as a bomb squad examined the object.

"I was a little nervous for one thing," said Carl Lewis. "Being a veteran, you know what a hand grenade can do."

Police are trying to determine who left the device. A 66-year-old man, who is a veteran and is familiar to hospital employees, was detained for questioning.