LIVERMORE -- A call on a dispute between a husband and wife Friday night forced the evacuation of several nearby homes when police found what appeared to be a hand grenade inside a home.

The grenade was taken away by the Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Squad without incident, according to Sgt. John Hurd of the Livermore Police Department. No one was injured.

The dispute was reported shortly after 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Aster Lane, Hurd said. Police arrived to find Michael Allan, 44, and wife Deborah Allan, 40.

After calming the dispute, the husband was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and his wife was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, Hurd said. While officers were securing the home, they located the grenade.

Police ordered the evacuation of nearby homes around 7:45 p.m., Hurd said. The bomb squad was called in and took possession of the grenade; it will likely take several days for them to determine if the grenade is live or inert.

Residents were allowed back into their homes around 11 p.m., Hurd said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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