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Thursday 27 July 2017

Army bomb squad called to dispose hand grenade discovered during house renovation

Bomb squad
Bomb squad
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The Army bomb squad were forced to carry out a controlled explosion this afternoon after an antique grenade was discovered during the renovation of a house.

Independent.ie has learned that gardaí were initially called to the home in Monkstown, South Dublin after a member of the public found the Mills 36 hand grenade.

Gardaí then contacted then requested the assistance of an Army Bomb Disposal Team who attended the scene at 3pm.

The device was moved to a safe location, believed to be a beach, where a controlled explosion was carried out.

The scene was declared safe at 3.20pm.

Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence and World War Two. They were patented and developed by the British Army in 1915 and continued to be manufactured up until the 1980s.

A Defence Forces spokeswoman said: "Historic munitions from conflicts in the early 20th century can be encountered from time to time. Should members of the public find such munitions they are advised to maintain a safe distance, inform An Garda Síochána, who in turn will request Defence Forces assistance."

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