THE DEFENCE FORCES have confirmed than a grenade discovered in an apartment block in the northside of Dublin City earlier today was a viable explosive device.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called to the apartments on Distillery Road this afternoon, arriving at 3:30pm to deal with the grenade.
The device, and other components, had been found in the outbuilding of the apartment block. A controlled explosion was not carried out.
The grenade and explosive components were removed to a military location for forensic examination. A number of replica weapons were also discovered, and have been handed over to Gardaí.
The area was declared safe at 6pm. Today’s callout is the 16th so far in 2012, and the fifth involving viable explosives.