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Suspect says grenade recovered in Fortuna originally found in transient camp

FORTUNA- 12th Street was closed for several hours Monday night after authorities discovered a live grenade during a traffic stop.

Just before 5 p.m. Fortuna police arrested 26 year old Fortuna resident Nick Lopez-Martinez. Martinez was stopped for operating a Chevy Silverado on a suspended license. During a search, officers found a live grenade and a loaded 22 caliber rifle in the vehicle. Humboldt County Bomb Squad arrived and using the help of a robot, the team detonated the explosive on scene. There were no injuries.

According to the Fortuna Police, Martinez told authorities that he found the grenade in the mud during a transient camp clean up in Eureka at the foot of Del Norte Street. Police confirm that the grenade's appearance was consistent with Martinez’ description.