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South Dublin

Hand grenade from nearly 100 years ago destroyed in controlled explosion near American embassy

The incident unfolded in Ballsbridge in south Dublin city earlier this afternoon.

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THE DEFENCE FORCES bomb squad was called in to dispose of a ‘historic munition’ discovered in south Dublin city during maintenance work today.

The incident unfolded in the region of the American embassy in Ballsbridge.

The device in question is a hand grenade of the sort used in or around the War of Independence (1919-1921), called a Mills 36.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the force had been “present at an incident at Anglesea Bridge” and that there had been some resultant “small traffic issues”.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team attended the scene after contact from the gardaí, and made safe the Mills 36. The grenade was discovered by staff as they carried out maintenance work on a bridge in Ballsbridge.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 11.05am, where they carried out an initial assessment of the area. A cordon was put in place for the duration of the operation to ensure public safety.

A controlled explosion was carried out and the grenade was disposed of. The scene was declared safe at 12.45pm.

The Defence Forces said:

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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