PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) – Police in Port Huron have returned an old, inactive bomb to a diver who found it in Lake St. Clair and caused a stir when he showed it to officers.

Police said the diver, a Port Huron man, came into the police department just after noon on Monday to explain that he had found the object on the bottom of the lake and would be taking it home.

Police blocked off the street, in the area of Merchant Street between Grand River Avenue and McMorran Boulevard, near Port Huron’s city hall after the bomb was placed on a sidewalk.

The Port Huron Times Herald says a bomb squad later determined to be an old practice bomb that was never active.

Nonetheless, police Capt. Jeff Baker warned residents not to handle such devices, “because they can be dangerous and explode unexpectedly, even when the appearance is of an aged, defunct device,” Port Huron Police Capt. Jeff Baker said in a statement Monday.

The inert bomb has been returned to Robert Grattan, the diver who found it.

He told the Times Herald, “I didn’t mean to cause this big of a problem.”

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