Toys made to look like real hand grenades were confiscated from a downtown San Diego novelty store.
A fire department employee found the six replica grenades inside the store and discovered the store owner and employees did not realize the toys were illegal to sell or even possess in the state of California.
“At first glance, they look like the real thing,” said Captain John Wood with San Diego Fire-Rescue in a written release. “And unless you look closely you might not know the difference. They are very well made replicas. What’s more they could be modified to be real grenades.”
Officials said the toys aren’t illegal in all states. In fact, the manufacturer in Florida was unaware the fake grenades were sent to California.
The store owner will receive a refund and will not face charges officials said.
If you have a replica grenade, Capt. Wood suggested you call 911 and let the operator know. Someone from the bomb squad will respond and take the toy off your hands often with no penalty.