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Tampa Bomb Team: Suspicious object outside Don CeSar was a grenade replica

ST. PETE BEACH — Authorities determined a suspicious object found in the bushes outside the Don CeSar hotel was a grenade replica.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a lawn maintenance worker found the object in the dirt on the east side of the property. Deputies were called to the hotel at 3400 Gulf Blvd. about 11:30 a.m. and determined that it appeared to be a grenade.

The Tampa police Bomb Team responded to the hotel and found that the grenade was not real, the Sheriff's Office said.

Evidence shows the grenade replica may have been there for several days, according to deputies. There are no threats associated with it. Investigators are trying to determine where it came from.

Contact Kathryn Varn at or (727) 893-8913. Follow @kathrynvarn.