Thursday 29 September 2016

Controlled explosion carried out on 'historic grenade' found in Phoenix Park today

Published 04/04/2015 | 17:05

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

A historic yet viable grenade has been found in the Phoenix Park.

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A member of the public spotted the grenade earlier this afternoon and contacted gardai.

The gates of Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park
Pic: Ray Cullen
The gates of Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park Pic: Ray Cullen

The grenade was found at Magazine Fort, which is close to the Chapelizod entrance of the park.

The grenade was found protruding from the grass near the old barracks.

The person recognised it was a hand grenade and contacted gardai in Cabra at approximately 2.45pm.

Upon inspection, gardai immediately called the Army Bomb Disposal team to the scene which was cordoned off and the Army arrived at 3.30pm.

The team discovered it was a "viable" device and rendered it safe by conducting a controlled explosion after moving it to a safe open area. The scene was declared safe by 4.10pm.

The object was a Mills type grenade and was is of twentieth century origin. The device would have been used during the War of Independence, the Civil War, World War I and and World War II.

The Army have further advised that if members of the public believe they have found such devices, they should keep a safe distance and contact gardai.

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