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Home owner digs up live grenade

Published 19/04/2015 | 15:15

File picture of Army Bomb Disposal Unit.
File picture of Army Bomb Disposal Unit.

Army bomb disposal experts made safe a live hand grenade found by a man digging his garden.

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On Saturday morning, a Glencar Park resident in Letterkenny got the surprised of his life when his spade struck a grenade in the front garden of his home.

The pin was still attached to the grenade making it live, said a Garda spokesperson.

Officers were called to the scene shortly after 11:30am and the area was closed off as the street was evacuated.

The Army bomb disposal team was deployed to remove the 'Iron Pineapple' Mk 2 hand grenade from the house, located near the Circular Road in Donegal.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said the grenade was "safely removed" after five hours and was taken under Garda escort to the Finner Army camp in Ballyshannon.

Currently an assessment is underway to find out how the device ended up in the garden.

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