Army Bomb 28th August 2017 - Disposal Team Make Safe Historic Munition in Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin.

Earlier today, following a request from An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Mills 36 hand grenade.

The grenade was discovered by staff as they carried out maintenance work on a bridge in Ballsbridge. The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 11.05am, where they carried out an initial assessment of the area. A cordon was put in place for the duration of the operation to ensure public safety.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion and the grenade was disposed of. The scene was declared safe at 12.45pm.

Historic munitions from conflicts in the early 20th century can be encountered from time to time. Should members of the public find such munitions they are advised to maintain a safe distance, inform An Garda Síochána, who in turn will request Defence Forces assistance.

Notes: High resolution images of the Army Bomb Disposal Team are available to download here.

Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence and World War Two. They were patented and developed by the British Army in 1915 and continued to be manufactured up until the 1980s.

Press Release Date: 28th August 2017

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