Tuesday 22 August 2017

Bomb disposal team make safe historic grenade found under Limerick Bridge

An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Mills 36 hand grenade in Limerick
An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Mills 36 hand grenade in Limerick
An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Mills 36 hand grenade in Limerick
An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Mills 36 hand grenade in Limerick
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Army bomb disposal officers have made safe a historic grenade in Limerick.

The device was discovered earlier under Thomond Bridge by staff as they carried out maintenance work on the bridge.

Gardaí requested the army bomb disposal to attend the scene.

A team arrived on scene at 3.30pm and the scene was cordoned off.

"Due to the location of the grenade the assistance of the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service was required," the Defence Forces said in a statement.

"The grenade was subsequently moved to a safe location and disposed of. The scene was declared safe at 8pm."

The device was a Mills 36 grenade which was a type of explosive 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.

The army has requested that any member of the public who comes across a historic device raised the alarm.

"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," a spokesperson said.

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