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Bomb squad responds to box of explosives left at gun store’s door

Staff Reports

A box full of unexploded gas canisters, grenade simulators and an 81-mm smoke mortar round were left outside a downtown Gardnerville gun store on Monday morning, prompting a visit from the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad.

The ordinance had been left outside the store overnight and was discovered when the store owner opened.

Explosives Ordnance Disposal Technicians John Preston and Jeff Schemenauer responded to the location where they inspected it, rendered it safe.

The items were taken to the Douglas County Shooting Range, where they were detonated, according to Sgt. Jim Halsey.

Halsey reminded residents that dropping items off at a particular location poses a serious safety hazard to others, and is illegal. While most firearm retailers are, by the nature of their trade, knowledgeable in ordnance and ballistics, they normally do not have the means to dispose of this sort of material.

Fortunately in this incident, the items were safely collected and destroyed.

Sheriff Ron Pierini asked residents who have ordnance or explosives that they wish to dispose of to call the Douglas County Dispatch Center at 782-5126. Technicians from the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad will contact them and handle it from there.