* * 5:00 p.m. UPDATE – Upon further investigation, the device was determined to be a military-grade explosive. Per FBI protocol, the U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team in Fort Polk, Louisiana was notified and responded for closer evaluation. Upon their arrival and consultation with the NOPD and FBI, it was determined NOPD would retrieve and secure the device. On Wednesday afternoon, the device was transferred to a remote military installation and safely detonated.
* * 9:00 a.m. UPDATE – Military personnel arrived on scene before 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning and took possession of the hand grenade without incident. The area was cleared and all streets have reopened.
NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD is investigating a possible bomb threat in the Broadmoor area.
Initial reports from officer say that there is a live hand grenade inside of a home in the 4100 block of Walmsley Avenue.
The NOPD and FBI Bomb Squad is on scene to retrieve the device.
The block between Gayoso Street, S. Dupre Street and General Pershing is currently closed off to traffic.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.