Monday, 24th April 2017 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Make Safe Historic Munition.

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 a member of the public conducting renovations.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 3pm, where they carried out an initial assessment of the grenade and proceeded to make it safe. The grenade was subsequently moved to a safe location and disposed of. The scene was declared safe at 3.20pm.

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.

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

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

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Press Release Date: Monday, 24th April 2017

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