Bloomfield’s Watsessing Park was evacuated Monday afternoon after a woman called police to report finding three grenades.
The grenades later turned out to be practice grenades, Bloomfield Police Chief Christopher Goul said. The grenades are used during training exercises.
According to Essex County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Kevin Lynch, the anonymous woman called Bloomfield police around 3:30 p.m. and police evacuated the park as a precaution. Watsessing Park is part of the Essex County Park system.
Lynch said the practice grenades were found in the grass at the park. He said the grenades were inert and “how they got there, we don’t know.”
Goul said the grenades were hollowed out and had no explosives. Officials from the sheriff’s department and Essex County Bomb Squad were called to the park as well.
The park, at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Conger Street in Bloomfield was cordoned off with yellow police tape.
Lynch said the park was safely evacuated and police will investigate to figure out how the grenades got there.The park was re-opened around 4:20 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department at (973) 621-4111 or Bloomfield police at 973-680-4141.