Friday 19 January 2018

'My wife thought I was making stupid excuses to avoid gardening when I found a grenade'

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A man who found a live grenade while digging his back garden said his wife didn't initially believe him and told him to continue gardening.

Bernard Houston was digging up a hedge in his back garden in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on Saturday morning when he found the live grenade.

He initially thought it was a stone.

"I wasn't sure what it was but when I tossed it with the spade I knew straight away it was a hand grenade. The pin was still in the top of it," he told the 'Irish Daily Star'.

He told his wife Aoife - who found it difficult to believe him at first.

"She told me to stop coming up with stupid excuses and not be so lazy and finish the garden," Bernard laughed.

"I had to bring her out and show her and she soon believed me," he added.

Bernard contacted gardai who told the family to leave their home in Glencar Park in Letterkenny.

The entire estate was soon cordoned off by 11.30am.

Army bomb disposal experts arrived later 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.

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