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UPDATE: 'Hand grenade' found in Williamsburg parking lot turns out to be toy

The city gave the all-clear at 10:46 a.m. There's no danger to the public, officials said.
Credit: City of Williamsburg
The device in question, pictured above, was actually a rubber toy.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Police in Williamsburg were investigating an apparent hand grenade that was found Wednesday morning, but it turned out to be a rubber toy, according to the city.

At 10:14 a.m., the City of Williamsburg tweeted that the device had been found in the parking lot of Midtown Row on Monticello Avenue. It was located on the Earth Fare Side. 

That's a shopping complex that is right down the street from the William & Mary School of Education. 

Businesses nearby have evacuated, and people were asked to avoid the area.

Then, at 10:46 a.m., the city tweeted this:

"UPDATE: The suspicious device that resembled a hand grenade is a rubber toy. There is no danger to the public. Thank you to the FBI, ATF, and the Newport News Fire Department bomb squad for their swift and professional assistance."

The area is considered safe again.

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