Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg home

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A fire led to a dangerous discovery today in the city's Bridesburg section.

Authorities have shut down a street in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia after firefighters found potentially explosive material inside a home.

Crews were first called to the 4700 block of Richmond Street at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for a reported house fire.

Firefighters put the fire, which was located on the first floor, under control within 15 minutes.

But in the process, they discovered a chest containing what appeared to be a hand grenade and a mortar.

Police and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal were called to the scene and shut down the block.

There have been no reports of injuries.

The status of the devices - whether they are 'live' or not - was still being determined.

Stay with Action News and for more information as it becomes available.
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