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WWI-era grenade discovered in Leitrim garden

The grenade had to be destroyed in a controlled explosion.

File photo of a Mills grenade similar to that discovered in Leitrim
File photo of a Mills grenade similar to that discovered in Leitrim
Image: (Mick Baker)rooster via Flickr

A WORLD WAR ONE-era grenade has been destroyed by the military after it was uncovered in the garden of a home in Leitrim.

The Mills type grenade – the standard issue to British and other military forces for decades – was found outside a private residence in Manorhamilton.

Gardaí were alerted and called in the Defence Forces, who dispatched a bomb disposal team to the scene.

The unit arrived at 8.20pm last night and removed the grenade to a secure military location. It was destroyed there in a controlled explosion.

The scene in Manorhamilton was declared safe at 9pm.

The operation came hours before the discovery of an IED outside a home in Tallaght, Dublin in the early hours of this morning.

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