Monday 23 July 2018

Army Bomb Disposal Team carry out controlled explosion after historic hand grenade found

A member of the Army Bomb Disposal Team
A member of the Army Bomb Disposal Team
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

The Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion this morning after a hand grenade was discovered in Dublin.

Staff who were carrying out maintenance work on a bridge in Ballsbridge discovered the Mills 36 hand grenade.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on the scene at 11.05am and the area was cordoned off for the safety of the public.

They then carried out a controlled explosion and the grenade was disposed of.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion
The Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion

The scene was declared safe at 12.45pm.

Mills 36 grenades were using during the War of Independence and World War Two.

They were first developed by the British Army in 1915 and were manufactured until the 1980s.

The Defence Forces said in a statement: "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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