Grenade found behind shopping plaza near Toronto

15 March 2007: Shortly before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, a grenade was found inside of a box behind the Elgin Mills Centre, a strip mall on Elgin Mills Road located about a half-mile from Bayview Road in the Richmond Hill area of York, a northern suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The device was described as a United States-made fragmentation anti-personnel grenade with a primer on the bottom. According to a Canadian police official contacted by the Northeast Intelligence Network late Wednesday, the grenade is genuine, had its pin still intact but the top portion was partially “modified” to resemble a cigarette lighter that made it initially appear as a novelty.

Bart Bagley, the manager of Suburban Services Ltd. in the Elgin Mills Centre said his co-worker stripping parts off an old van behind the plaza when he noticed a small metal package around 9:30 a.m. He brought it to Bagley who notified the York Regional Police. After assessing the device, the York Regional Police closed off access to Elgin Mills between Neal Drive and Newkirk Road. The bomb disposal unit deactivated the explosive - confirmed to be a grenade- and are investigating how and why it was placed behind the plaza.

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