Boise bomb squad dispatched to Idaho City after grenade found

Some folks working inside a historic house in Idaho City found something unexpected Wednesday morning: a grenade.

“They picked it up and packed it outside,” said Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers. They waved down a deputy passing by and let him know about their find.

The sheriff’s office notified the Boise Police Bomb Squad, which made a trip up to Idaho City to ensure no was injured by the grenade. It was determined to be inert, Rogers said.

“It sounds more exciting than it was,” Rogers said. “For us, it’s pretty common. We err on the side of caution.”

This all began around 9 a.m., and the bomb squad headed home just after noon.

Rhonda Jameson, an Idaho City historian, said the explosive device was found in the historic Strauss House, which was built in the 1860s by a merchant who sold horse harnesses. She said the last resident of the house died in 1997, and he bequeathed the house to the Idaho City Historic Foundation.

Some of those doing work to stabilize the foundation of the house found the grenade and feared it might be live, said Jameson, who lives next door.

Parts of Montgomery Street were blocked off for several hours, until the bomb squad arrived to check the device and clear it as safe.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller