Bomb squad called to Toelsin Road after a grenade was found

A Cheektowaga Police Sergeant and an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy walk to the rear of 138 Toelsin Road to recover a grenade on September 12th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A Cheektowaga Police Sergeant and an Erie County Sheriff's Deputy walk to the rear of 138 Toelsin Road to recover a grenade on September 12th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Erie County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called out to assist the Cheektowaga Police on Toelsin Road Tuesday afternoon after a worker found a grenade.

The police were called to 138 Toelsin Road just before noon after an employee from the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation (BENLIC) found the grenade while he was cleaning out a dresser drawer in a rear room of the house according to a law enforcement source.

The Cheektowaga Chronicle obtained a photo of the recovered grenade on Toelsin Road.
The Cheektowaga Chronicle obtained a photo of the recovered grenade on Toelsin Road.

Police officers carefully examined the grenade but were unable to determine if it was live or a dummy.  Normally, a dummy grenade would have a hollowed out bottom, but this one was intact.

An Erie County Sheriff Bomb Squad Deputy recovered the device and safely removed it from the house.  It will be x-rayed to determine if the device was real or not.

The Cheektowaga Police filed a report for found property.