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Village of LeRoy Police released the identity of the man who was discovered to possess an active homemade grenade in a routine traffic stop in LeRoy…but the story doesn’t end there.

Anderson Equipment Company in Tonawanda was evacuated this morning after an employee found what appeared to be a grenade in 26-year-old Paul Kaiser’s work space.

In LeRoy Monday, Kaiser was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana and various traffic offenses.

Extreme caution was exercised by co-workers and law enforcement, given Kaiser’s incident yesterday. According to Town of Tonawanda Lieutenant Nick Bado, extreme caution was exercised by co-workers and law enforcement, given Kaiser’s incident yesterday.

“A lot of the guys didn’t know the backstory as to what has happened, although they may have been filled in when he arrived," Lt. Bado said in an interview with WIVB. "But it would certainly heighten your sense of awareness to the fact that this could be legitimate.”

Town of Tonawanda Police and the Erie County Bomb Squad responded to the call shortly after 8:30 this morning.

They evacuated the building and quickly determined it was a novelty item and not an active device.

Kaiser will not face any charges from Tuesday’s incident, since the grenade wasn’t real and officers believe the device was not intended to cause a threat or scare.

 

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