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Live grenade from the Civil War found at recycling centre in Clare

An Army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on the live grenade.

Army bomb squad equipment (File photo)
Army bomb squad equipment (File photo)
Image: Brian O'Leary/Photocall Ireland

A LIVE GRENADE thought to date from the Civil War has been found at a recycling plant in Clare this afternoon.

The grenade, which was believed to be still viable despite being around 90 years old, was discovered by an employee of the recycling centre who alerted the Gardaí.

The facility was closed to the public and an Army bomb disposal team was called to the scene.  A controlled explosion was carried out on the grenade in order to disarm it.

The scene was declared safe shortly afterwards and the recycling facility re-opened to the public just before 3 o’clock this afternoon.

Gardaí in Ennis are investigating the incident in an attempt to establish where the device came from.

This is the 32nd time this year that the Army have been called to deal with an explosive device dating from the past.

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