Man who brought grenade to LAX is free on bail

The Stanford University professor who brought a World War II-era grenade through security at LAX was released this morning on $500,000 bail after spending the night in jail, records show. He is being charged with a felony, according to records.

On Tuesday afternoon, a portion of the airport was evacuated and the bomb squad was called out.

From my story last night:

Gary Walter Cox, 58, told authorities the grenade had belonged to his father, who had recently died, the sources said. He thought it was inert but a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said police determined that it might actually have been live.

The grenade was spotted by Transportation Security Administration workers during routine screening, a federal law enforcement official said.

The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called out to the airport, and Terminal 1 was evacuated at about 3:45 p.m. Police transported the item and later blew it up, the three sources said. The terminal was reopened about 4:20 p.m.

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