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Fake grenade in car holds up Port Jeff ferry

A ferry from Bridgeport was delayed about an hour in Port Jefferson Harbor Tuesday as officials inspected a hand grenade found in a car in the terminal that turned out to be a deactivated souvenir, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The object was a nonexplosive "dummy" hand grenade made into a paperweight, said Ensign Joe Price Larson of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Conn.

Price Larson said ferry personnel were walking through the Port Jefferson terminal, looking at vehicles in line to board the incoming ferry, when one of them noticed the hand grenade in the front seat of a car.

After an inspection with a bomb-sniffing dog, the device was determined to be nonexplosive, Price Larson said.

The ferry, which was scheduled to dock at 1:15 p.m., got in about 2:15 p.m.

"From the very beginning, we thought it was a demilitarized grenade," Price Larson said.

"You go through the hoops, and in this case it turned out to be a best-case scenario."

Officials from the Transportation Security Administration and the Suffolk County police bomb squad also were at the scene, Price Larson said.

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