Residents were evacuated after a grenade, which was later determined to be fake, was found in the 1500 block of Kristan Avenue in North Chicago Thursday afternoon. | Photo: Google Street View

A bomb squad was called and area homes were evacuated after a realtor found a hand grenade, which was later determined to be a replica, in North Chicago, police said.

The North Chicago Police Department and North Chicago Fire Department responded around 2:21 p.m. Thursday to the 1500 block of Kristan Avenue for a found explosive call.

North Chicago Police Department Management Analyst Freddrick Diez told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that a realtor was showing a house when they located a hand grenade.

Officers evacuated area residents and set up a blocked-off perimeter.

Diez said the Waukegan Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the scene.

The bomb squad recovered the grenade and determined it was a novelty grenade, Diez said.

There was no safety hazard since it was not a live grenade and residents were allowed to go back into their homes.

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The scene was active for a couple of hours until the all-clear was given by the bomb squad.