By: Buz Deliere | November 1, 2022
Police officers in the U.K. had to deal with a situation that could have been much worse than what happened. A grenade-shaped marijuana grinder caused delays in travel plans for hundreds of U.K. commuters. The delay which lasted over an hour happened on October 31st around 3:30 P.M.
The British Transport Police were called to New Street Station in Birmingham just before 4 p.m., where they discovered a suspicious item on one of the platforms that needed further investigation the BTP stated in a tweet.
Hundreds of commuters were evacuated from the station and all trains were prevented from leaving or entering the station.
Police later confirmed the suspicious item was indeed a cannabis grinder that was designed to look like a grenade.
Cannabis is still illegal in the U.K. and is scheduled as a Class B Drug which carries a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both for possession.
Strangely enough, this is not the first time that there has been an incident involving a grenade-shaped grinder. Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata back in 2018 had an incident that caused the evacuation of the airport and the bomb squad to be called in.
Also in earlier instances at the Bellingham International Airport in Washington State and Sacramento International Airport, grinders that looked like grenades caused similar reactions from security and law enforcement.
There is some growing concern amongst people and security personnel that these grinders and similar paraphernalia can have serious repercussions when traveling. It is strongly noted that traveling on airlines with cannabis or anything resembling a grenade is strictly prohibited throughout the U.S.