Police in Des Moines, Iowa say a “homemade hand grenade” constructed by a customer inside a busy sushi restaurant could have killed customers and staff had it detonated.
40 year-old suspect Ivory Washington called the police himself, and told them he’d made an improvised explosive device while sitting in the restaurant. Washington described the explosive device to police as being fake, but police say in fact it was real.
“Obviously, you`re going to treat this thing like it’s the real deal until you know something different,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek, Public Information Officer for the Des Moines Police Department. “We were able to separate him from the device without incident, take him into custody and we got the bomb squad there. They did their diagnostic on this device and found out that it basically is a homemade hand grenade. It was legit. When they tested it to see if it would explode, it did.”
Had the device gone off in the restaurant, it could have been deadly.
“They said anybody basically within about 25 feet of this would have been injured,” said Parizek. “Somebody within a ten foot radius, had it gone off, might have been killed.”
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