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Evacuation at Tacoma Goodwill after grenade found in donation bin

Employees inside the Goodwill off 38th and Cedar streets had to evacuate Friday morning.

Tacoma police say just after 9:30 a.m. they got a 911 call stating employees had found a hand grenade in a donated items bin.

Employees quickly rushed out. At the time the store was not open to the public.

A member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team came out, secured the building and determined the grenade was an inert device.

One customer who shops at this location often has a message for anyone dropping off items.

“Be careful, I mean be careful with what you’re donating. What if a kid got it, and it was actually a grenade? That would have been bad,” said Ali McCray.

Police are taking this time to remind people to be aware of what they donate.

Online, Goodwill says hazardous materials, firearms and fireworks are things that should not be donated.