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Army bomb squad disarm grenade in the Phoenix Park

The device was historic, but viable.

Variants of the Mills grenade.
Variants of the Mills grenade.
Image: Wikimedia

AN ARMY BOMB Disposal Team was called to make safe a historic yet viable grenade in The Phoenix Park, Dublin this evening.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team in response to a request from An Garda Síochána after a suspect object was found protruding from the grass by members of the public. The device would turn out to be a Mills grenade.

The device is early twentieth century in origin and was utilised during the War of Independence, the Civil War and World Wars I and II.

A cordon was put in place for public safety.

The team arrived on scene at 3.30pm and moved the grenade to an open area where it was rendered safe by a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at around 4.10pm.

The Defence Forces say that should members of the public find such a device it is advised to keep a safe distance and inform the gardaí.

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