SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Miami-Dade Police Department’s West District Station was temporarily evacuated, Tuesday afternoon, after a woman brought two grenades inside.
According to Miami-Dade Police, a woman walked into the West District Station, located at 10000 S.W. 142nd Ave., in Southwest Miami-Dade, holding two grenades.
7Skyforce flew over the scene as police evacuated the area along Southwest 142nd Avenue.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Blanca Beaumont, a nearby resident. “I was just picking up my kid from school and trying to get inside my condominium.”
Officials said the woman, 46-year-old Sherri Schoeck, walked into the lobby, opened her purse, took out the grenades and showed them to the person working behind the counter.
She told police she found them while cleaning former Vietnam war veteran Paul Adam’s home, Tuesday afternoon. The grenades are believed to have belonged to him before he passed away.
Nearby residents said they had not seen the war veteran in a long time. “All I know is that he was an old man; he was hospitalized,” said nearby resident Ray Rodriguez. “I heard he was in a different state, and that’s all I really know about him.”
The Miami-Dade Police Bomb Squad arrived immediately after and evacuated the station as well as the area surrounding it.
“Really? Very, very scary,” said Beaumont, upon being informed about the grenades. “We’re just in front of the police department. Who can do that?”
Another onlooker said police blocked off the area. “They’re blocking the way, so you don’t know what happened,” said resident Franchesca Beaumont.
At around 3:15 p.m., 7News cameras captured the grenades being detonated in King Meadow’s Park by the bomb squad. The station has since reopened.
Schoeck told 7News over the phone that she believed the grenades were fake but brought them into the station as a precaution.
However, police advise those faced with a similar predicament to stay put and call 911 immediately.
Copyright 2020 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.