Replica grenade launcher with armed airsoft grenade found at Goodwill

By Ben Hooper
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Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a suspected armed grenade launcher donated to a Goodwill thrift store was an airsoft replica.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called on Sunday to the Goodwill Manasota Bargain Barn, where employees reported finding a loaded grenade launcher among the donated items brought in from a different store.


The launcher resembled an M203 grenade launcher, which are often attached to M-16 rifles, but investigators discovered it was actually an airsoft replica and the armed grenade, which was disposed of in a Hazmat locker, launched a large amount of tiny pellets instead of traditional explosives.

The replica was made by ICS Airsoft in Taiwan.

Goodwill Manasota Vice President Veronica Miller said the public was never in danger from the launcher.

"The important thing is it never made it's way to the floor," Miller told the Bradenton Herald. "I am happy it's off the streets but it never made it to the floor."

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