One southbound lane of Interstate 5 was blocked Tuesday morning after a work crew discovered a grenade on the side of the freeway.
Washington State Patrol posted on Twitter at 9:30 a.m. that the grenade was found near 179th Street.
Vancouver - Ridgefield - SB I5/179th St - Right lane BLOCKED! Expect delays! Grenade found on shoulder by workers. PDX en route to remove.— Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) May 3, 2016
Vancouver - Ridgefield - SB I5/179th St - Right lane BLOCKED! Expect delays! Grenade found on shoulder by workers. PDX en route to remove.
Jerry Rubadue was supervising a work crew for the Washington Department of Ecology when he noticed the grenade on the ground.
"It had these metal spikes, and I got a better look and it looked like this grenade with the pin still in it."
Rubadue called traffic control, who then called state police.
Troopers said an explosives detonation unit from Portland responded to the scene.
The explosives experts were able to safely remove the grenade from the side of the road and the right lane of the highway was reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m.
The bomb squad destroyed the grenade which they described as having been on the roadside for quite some time.
Rubadue said it's not unusual to find strange things along the side of the highway, even dangerous ones.
"I've found several weapons, like 4-5 handguns by now. A shotgun. I find cash registers."
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