Police: Possible grenade in East Lake was a novelty item

A bomb squad shut down a portion of the East Lake community after a suspicious device was found under a tree in front of a home there.

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It happened in front of a home along Alston Drive. SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene around 6:30 p.m. and spotted the area surrounded by emergency vehicles.

A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said the device appeared to be a grenade, but the bomb squad later determined it was a novelty item.

This is the second time in two weeks a novelty item has shut down a portion of Atlanta. A portion of Peachtree Street in Buckhead was shut down the afternoon of July 16 after a similar device was found inside a rental car which was just returned. Police believe that the device there was paperweight.

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