Historic military shell and grenade found in Palo Alto house; bomb squad responds

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department bomb squad responds to a home in Palo Alto. 

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department's Bomb Squad is en route to a Palo Alto neighborhood late Thursday afternoon following the discovery of a historic military shell and grenade inside a home.

The 2300 block of South Court is closed as of 5 p.m., according to the Palo Alto Police Department. A police spokesperson said residents living in the immediate vicinity were asked to temporarily evacuate until the bomb squad deems the scene safe.

At around 6 p.m. police in an update said the bomb squad had determined that one of the items is safe, but were unsure about the other. Almost an hour later, the second device was rendered safe. 

The bomb squad had relocated to a nearby open area at Hoover Park to render the items safe, police said. Officials said there was no danger to surrounding homes or parkgoers.

 Sgt. John Alaniz with Palo Alto police said the homeowner had passed away. "While they were cleaning things out they found a grenade," he said. 

The sheriff's department detonated a live grenade found at a Campbell residence last month. 

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KTVU contributed to this report.