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Maybe Don't Give The Sheriff A Grenade As A Gag Gift

Or at least don't send it through the mail.
A Pennsylvania courthouse was evacuated after a box sent to the sheriff appeared to contain a grenade, but it turned out to b
A Pennsylvania courthouse was evacuated after a box sent to the sheriff appeared to contain a grenade, but it turned out to be a harmless gag gift from a friend. Actual gag grenade package not pictured.

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A grenade that led authorities to evacuate a Pennsylvania county courthouse was a gag gift intended for the newly elected sheriff.

Instead, Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation as a precaution after the box was X-rayed as part of Wednesday's incoming mail.

Authorities say the sender is friends with the sheriff and had clearly labeled the box with his return address. District Attorney David Lozier says the man was upset that the gift caused such problems and cooperated with investigators.

The grenade was harmless. It was mounted on a plaque with a sign reading, "Complaint department. Take a number." A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade's pin.

The courthouse was evacuated for about 80 minutes

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