A number of residential streets at Euroa were evacuated yesterday, following the discovery of a hand grenade.
Euroa police said the object was discovered by a woman who was cleaning out a McGuinness St home, which belonged to an elderly friend.
The woman took the grenade, believed to be circa World War II, to the station, where police secured it and evacuated most of Kirkland Ave.
Police from Melbourne’s bomb squad and Australian Army members inspected the grenade, and removed the object from the station.
Euroa police Senior Constable Scott Nash said the grenade was taken back to Melbourne to be inspected, but the bomb squad had not deemed the object as a hazard.
‘‘The police station was evacuated and closed as a precaution, but there was no danger to the public,’’ Sen Const Nash said.
‘‘We advise members of the public to contact police before attempting to move any old or unused explosives or similar.’’
A Strathbogie Shire Council spokesperson said its office was not evacuated.
‘‘We were involved in facilitating a centre for the kindergarten children who were evacuated. They remained in the community cinema until their parents could come and pick them up.’’