Ocean City lifeguard charged with possession of smoke grenade

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Bomb squad called to investigate hazardous device

Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate. Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate.

UPDATE (12:30 p.m. Aug. 7) OCEAN CITY — Ocean City lifeguard Zachary Kranefeld, 21, of Millville was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited device after police were called to investigate a possible hazardous deviceTuesday, Aug. 6.

The Atlantic City Bomb Squad, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation were called in to assist Ocean City police after receiving a report of a hazardous device in a van at 36th Street and Central Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

According to Ocean City police Capt. Steve Ang, there were two devices in Kranefeld’s van, which he identified as smoke grenades he said he learned to make on YouTube.

Ang said that a concerned citizen and co-worker of Kranefeld contacted the department around 3 p.m. Aug. 6 to report the device. He said the bomb squad and K-9 units were called to scene where police were able to speak with the driver of the vehicle.

“We talked to him and he cooperated with us, told us what it was,” Ang said.

Traffic in the area was detoured during the investigation.

Additional searches were conducted at residences in Millville and Strathmere where Kranefeld lived.

Kranefeld is a full-time college student in New York State. He was released with a summons.

Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate. Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate.

Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate. Christie Rotondo / Ocean City Police block off the streets in the area of a possible bomb Tuesday, Aug. 6 as they investigate.


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