Stanford Professor Out on Bail After TSA Agents Find Hand Grenade in Carry-On Luggage

By NBC Bay Area Staff and Wire Services
|  Monday, Jun 2, 2014  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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Packing a hand grenade isn't a very good idea -- even if it's just a souvenir.

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport say Stanford University professor Gary Walter Cox had a hand grenade in his carry-on bag last week.

The terminal was evacuated and the bomb squad destroyed the device.

Cox tells the LA Times it was a World War II-era souvenir his late father, a retired Navy captain, used as a paperweight. Cox says he forgot it was in his bag after cleaning his childhood home.

The poli-sci prof is now free on $500,000 bail.

Cox says police told him the charges would be dropped.

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