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Buffalo woman with grenade in garage thought it was paperweight

Kathleen Lorenzo made an explosive find in the garage of her new home on Buffalo's West Side.

Sitting on the shelf in the back of the garage, all by itself, was a hand grenade.

On Monday morning, Buffalo police, the Erie County Bomb Squad and Buffalo firefighters responded to Lorenzo's home on Baynes Street, between Potomac and Lafayette avenues, after she called to report what she found.

Authorities told her the grenade was live, she said.

Lorenzo said noticed the item last week when looking in the garage with her realtor. The realtor thought it was a grenade, but she thought it was a paperweight, she said.

"He said, 'Wow. That's a hand grenade,' she recalled. "I said, 'I don't think so.'"

Lorenzo also showed it to her son, who also told her he thought it was a real grenade. But she didn't contact police until she sent a picture of the grenade – along with a picture of a bullet she found in her house – to a friend in the military. He wrote back to her on Sunday and urged her to call the police, which she did Monday morning.

Lorenzo said she's had a lot to do and things have been hectic moving into a new home. A plumber was at her home Monday when she called police, and she had been focused on hanging her chandelier.

"I didn't really take it seriously, but I guess everybody else does," she said.

The grenade was retrieved and removed from the area, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email.

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