DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WFTV) -- A section of South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach was closed for two hours after authorities received reports of a grenade being found in the middle of the road Wednesday morning.
The explosive was found about 8 a.m. in the 2100 block South Atlantic. Authorities quickly stepped in and closed the roadway a half mile in both directions.
The bomb squad was called in and a robot with a camera inspected the object, which turned out to be an expended firework that looked exactly like a grenade.
“It didn't look fake to me,” said witness Brian Ferguson. “The dark color alone and the way it looked to me, looks real."
Police said they believe someone put the firework in the middle of the road on purpose.
“When it was first found, it was sitting upright, so we believe it was placed there,” said Sgt. Mike Fowler of Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety.
Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.