NORTH FORK – Just after 5:30 p.m. today, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Bass Fork Minit Mart at Roads 200 and 221, following the report of a grenade in a bag.
A nearby resident, who had been to a home in Leisure Acres to feed a friend’s horse, found a bag full of bullets beside the corral.
The woman picked up the bag and walked to the Bass Fork Minit Mart with the apparent intention of throwing it away.
Upon seeing a Forest Service vehicle in the parking lot, she decided to give the bag to the Forest Service employee. At that time, it was discovered that there was also a grenade in the bag with the bullets.
There were approximately a dozen people inside the store and they were evacuated as a precaution.
Deputies on scene quickly determined that it was a safe practice grenade, not a live fragmentation grenade. The bottom was hollowed out and there were no explosives inside.
Nevertheless, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid to properly remove the device, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team took possession of it.
By 6:02 p.m. the store was back open for business.