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UPDATED 5:30 P.M. — Police have determined that the grenade found Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Phoenix Academy school building on Industry Drive was real.
Police said the grenade, which was found by a teacher around 12:30 p.m., had been modified. It appeares that someone threw the grenade toward the school building from the side of Champions Cheerleading facility next door.
State Police Detective Ben Wolcott said late Monday afternoon that the grenade was indeed real, but lacked the mechanism to make it explode.
"It was an operable device, but empty," he said, adding that he will continue to investigate the incident.
The grenade was found just several feet from the school's entrance, and police found its handle and firing pin about 20 yards away in front of Champions Cheerleading.
The Lawrenceburg Police Department cordoned off Industry Drive and called in the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices Unit. An investigator with the unit examined the grenade and removed it as evidence.
The case is now under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. For more, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.