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Grenade found during building work could have been there for 100 years

The alarm was raised after the device was found at a home in Aghada, Cork, last evening. It was blown-up at a nearby green area.

A members of the Defence Forces bomb squad (file).
A members of the Defence Forces bomb squad (file).
Image: Defence Forces via Flickr

ARMY BOMB EXPERTS carried out a controlled explosion on what they’re describing as an “historic yet viable” Mills-type grenade in Aghada, Cork, last evening.

A Defence Forces bomb squad was called out in response to a request from Gardaí after the device was found during excavation work at a private residence.

“The team arrived on scene at 6.30 pm and safely transported the device to an open green area to conduct a controlled explosion,” a statement said.

The area was cordoned off for public safety, and the scene was declared safe at 7.20 pm.

“This type of grenade is early twentieth century in origin and was utilised during the War of Independence, the Civil War and World Wars 1 and 2,” the Defence Forces statement concluded.

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