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Police evacuate Williston homes after finding grenade

Williston Fire Department vehicles block off the intersection of 18th Street West and Fourth Avenue West Friday, March 8. The Northwest Narcotics Task Force evacuated part of the area when they discovered a hand grenade while serving a search warrant there Friday, according to police. Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald

WILLISTON, N.D. - Police officers serving a search warrant Friday, March 8, found a hand grenade, leading to the evacuation of about a dozen nearby residents.

Members of the Northwest Narcotics Task Force were searching a residence in the 1700 block of Fourth Avenue West when they found the device, according to the Williston Police Department. The item was a training hand grenade that had been modified so it could be turned into an explosive device again, police said.

Officers called in the Minot Police Bomb Squad and the Minot Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. Those teams were able to render the device safe, police said.

The training hand grenade was the property of the U.S. military and a team from Minot AFB took possession of it.

The search was related to the arrest of Kevin Elliot, 55, who was picked up earlier in the day as part of a narcotics investigation, according to the news release.

Elliot was arrested for an active felony warrant for the delivery of methamphetamine. He will also be charged with other offenses based on items found during the arrest and the subsequent search of his residence, police said.