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Man finds live War of Independence grenade while gardening in Limerick

The device was made safe with a controlled explosion.

Image: Defence Forces

THE DEFENCE FORCES bomb disposal team has made safe a live historic grenade discovered by a man at a private residence in Janesboro, Limerick.

The homeowner found the device while out gardening yesterday.

The army team confirmed that it was a Mills Type grenade dating back to the 1920s War of Independence era.

The callout from gardaĆ­ was made before midnight yesterday and traffic restrictions were put in place for public safety. A number of nearby houses were also evacuated.

The grenade was taken to a safe location nearby where it was made safe by means of a controlled explosion. The site was declared safe within 40 minutes.

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Pics: Grafton Street from 1913 to 1991

Home owner finds grenade from War of Independence in garden

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