Photo: KTVU

Update 2:15 p.m. KTVU has a pretty cool video up of those police robots that removed grenades from a garage on Potrero Avenue in San Francisco this morning. A woman had found them in a box while cleaning then called police.

The highlight comes at 1:30, when one of the robots, which looks like a cross between R2D2 and something you’d construct with an erector set, runs over one of the grenades, causing some consternation among the news anchors.

Not the most explosive story, thankfully (all the grenades were removed and the streets that had been closed re-opened). But hey…robots!

8:56 a.m. KTVU reports that all the grenades have been removed and hauled away. KQED’s Kelly Wilkinson reports that streets have now been reopened.

Still no word on whether the grenades were live or not.

Update 8:54 a.m The SF Appeal has more on the story:

Grenades were found at about 7:15 a.m. in a building in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Bomb technicians were at the scene as of 8 a.m. to investigate the devices, Dangerfield said.

“We’re not sure whether they’re real or fake,” he said….SFPD is, Dangerfield said, searching the rest of the house to see if any other devices are on the property.

Potrero Avenue has been closed between Mariposa and 19th streets, and 18th Street has been closed between Hampshire and Utah streets during the investigation, Dangerfield said.

According to KTVU broadcast, the 33 Stanyan bus is at a standstill, and the 9 San Bruno bus is being routed around the scene. As of 8:49, there was no word on when the streets would be reopened.

Update 8:24 a.m. KQED’s Tara Siler is on the scene at 18th and Potrero and reports the following, told to her by two different police officers:

  • The owner of a garage that has been not used in years was cleaning her garage and found a bag full of grenades there. She doesn’t know who the bag belonged to.
  • The one-unit building is on Potrero Avenue between 18th and 19th streets. The previous owner passed away and the current owner inherited it.
  • Police are on the scene w/ a robot that is removing the grenades.

KTVU has been covering the story. WATCH LIVE

Video: Police Robot Removes Grenades From San Francisco Garage 3 February,2011Jon Brooks

  • harold

    I was woken up by a helicopter. Now I know why.

    Thank you, Newsfix!

    (feel free to use that for the commercial.)

  • Thanks for reading Harold!


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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