Traffic stop leads to finding grenade in trunk

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, October 8, 2012

A traffic stop in the Village of LeRoy  around 7:30 this morning led to the discovery of a homemade grenade in the trunk of a car, forcing the evacuation of some residents and the closing of several streets.

LeRoy Police Chief  Christopher Hayward said the car was stopped for speeding on Lake Street.

The officer, a former Marine,  smelled marihuana and noticed several rounds of ammunition strewn inside the vehicle. The driver, whose name was not released gave permission to search the vehicle.  When the officer opened the trunk he saw a hand grenade and an altered or homemade shotgun.

Le Roy Fire Department was called to cordon off the area. A state police bomb technician was called to the scene and homes within 200 feet of the car were evacuated.

State Police bomb technicians determined that the grenade was an explosive and appeared to be handmade as well as the long gun.  Both were removed from the vehicle. Route 19 and roads leading to the scene were re-opened about 9 a.m.

Charges are expected to be filed for possessing an improvised explosive device and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Federal agents were contacted and upon further investigation, federal charges may