An Amazon driver was delivering packages in Oklahoma City when he heard something hit the ground toward the rear of the vehicle, police said.
The man told police he looked back thinking he might have dropped something – and saw ‘what appeared to be a grenade’ rolling towards him around 3.30pm central time, Monday, May 23.
“At this point, his first thought was to get out of the van,” according to a police report. The driver said he “just opened the driver’s door and jumped out without even thinking about it”.
He hit the ground, suffering minor knee injuries, as the van continued to roll, police said.
The delivery van came to a stop when it slammed into a curb, a mailbox and a parked vehicle, according to the report. The driver says “his adrenaline was flowing”, so he quickly decided to run to the van, pick up the grenade and throw it away.
After throwing the grenade, the man says he fled away.
Police responding to the incident found the device and confirmed it was a grenade. People were evacuated from homes in the area, the report said, and the bomb squad took the device away.
Authorities later learned the grenade was inert, a police spokesperson told McClatchy News. Inert grenades, also called dummies, are often used in training because they look like real grenades.
Surveillance video from the Amazon van shows a man on the sidewalk “holding something in his right hand” before something fell into the van and rolled away, police said. The side sliding door of the van was open at the time.
The camera also captured the driver as he jumped up and “miraculously slipped out of the seat belt so he wouldn’t be dragged by the van.”
Police have not found or identified the suspect, who was seen wearing a red shirt, shorts and no shoes.
This story was originally published May 24, 2022 1:20 p.m.