CORRECTION: This story previously said that the church was St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The correct church was Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
Palo Alto police have confirmed that a hand grenade found near a Dumpster in the parking lot of a Palo Alto church Thursday morning and removed by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was determined to be inert.
A staff member from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, at 3233 Cowper St., called police to report a suspicious cardboard box near a Dumpster in the parking lot, police said. When the responding officer arrived at about 10:30 a.m., he discovered the box contained gun ammunition and a hand grenade.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called and a property neighboring the scene was evacuated while the bomb squad examined the device. No roads were closed, according to police.
Police do not believe the church was a target of a malicious action. It's unknown where the grenade came from or how it ended up near the Dumpster, police said, although they suspect that someone was just trying to dispose of the items.