Saturday 24 February 2018

100-year-old artillery shell brought to garda station

Gardai are investigating after a body was found in a house
Gardai are investigating after a body was found in a house

Louise Walsh

A GARDA station had to be evacuated after an elderly woman handed in a 100-year-old explosive artillery shell she discovered during a clearout of her garage.

The drama unfolded after the elderly resident walked into Trim Garda Station in Co Meath with the ammunition which may date back as far as 1915. It's believed she was aware she had the live round but had forgotten about it until discovering it as she moved items in the garage.

Gardai immediately moved the device to the station carpark after she arrived in around 10pm on Thursday night and cordoned off a section of nearby Castle Street while waiting for the Army Bomb Disposal experts who removed it.

Although the shell was "quite degraded and corroded," it still contained explosive content, according to Commandant Sean O'Fatharta from the Defence Forces Press Office.

"The device was a 10-inch long artillery shell which would have been placed in cannons to fire at tanks or vehicles in 1915 or 1916. This type of ammunition was used by the army here until the 1930s," he said.

"Although the risk was probably slim, the device was unstruck [unused] and still contained explosive content.

However Comdt O'Fatharta warned people "not to take anything for granted" and if they come across a suspect device contact the gardai.

It is the second incident in a month, after Army Bomb Disposal experts were called to Togher Garda Station in Cork when a man wheeled in a pipe bomb in a pram.

Irish Independent

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