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Canada stops car with grenade

'We don't take chances at the border'

From Kevin Bohn and Terry Frieden
CNN Washington Bureau

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(CNN) -- Canadian Border Patrol officials Monday found a grenade in the glove compartment of a car that was trying to enter Canada from the United States, Canadian authorities told CNN.

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A grenade in the glove compartment of a car shut down a U.S.-Canadian border crossing, CTV's Lisa Rossington reports.
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The find forced a brief closure of the border crossing between Blaine, Washington, and White Rock, British Columbia from around 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) and re-opened about an hour later, officials said.

The car was driven by a 28-year-old woman who said her husband, who is serving in the military, just got back from Iraq, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Tim Shields.

"She was trying to drive to Vancouver, Washington, but followed the signs for Vancouver, British Columbia," explained Shields. Vancouver, Washington, is in the southern part of the state, near the border with Oregon.

Shields said the woman told authorities her husband was based in Fort Lewis, in Washington.

Canadian Border Guard Agency spokeswoman Paula Shore said the incident will be investigated, but it appears to be innocent.

"After speaking to my colleagues at the RCMP, they're quite satisfied that this is just something that was a mistake," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

An RCMP explosives disposal unit removed the grenade from the car and secured it, Shore said.

"We don't take chances at the border," Shore said.

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