A smoke bomb was found in Limington on Saturday.

A smoke bomb was found in Limington on Saturday.

LIMINGTON — Sheriff ’s deputies are following up on leads after a local resident found a smoke grenade on the side of Route 11 Saturday morning.

York County Sheriff Bill King said the presence of the smoke grenade does not appear to be motivated by anything of a sinister nature.

The resident who found the grenade picked it up, took it home and called sheriff ’’s deputies. Deputy Tom Searway, who has a military background, recognized that it was a military grade M-18 smoke grenade that appeared to be altered with duct tape.

King said because the smoke grenade was altered and therefore its contents unknown – and because deputies determined it may have been active – they called in the Maine State Police bomb squad, and an explosives expert arrived and detonated the device.

“The sheriff ’s office appreciates the resident notifying authorities of the suspicious looking device, but recommends anybody who finds a device to leave where they find it and to summon the police,” said King. “In this instance, nobody was injured, but these types of devices are unstable, and it is best left to the MSP Bomb Squad to safely detonate.”

According to U.S. Army information online, the M18 grenade is effective as a ground-to-ground or ground-to-air signaling device, target or landing zone marking device, or for screening unit movements by putting out clouds of dense smoke. Each grenade emits smoke for 50 to 90 seconds.

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