Controlled explosion on historic grenade found in Lahinch

Controlled explosion on historic grenade found in Lahinch

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Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion and destroyed the grenade – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a hand grenade found in Lahinch and believed to date from the War of Independence.

The viable historic Mills 36 grenade was found at a house in Lahinch Co Clare yesterday.

It’s understood that a man, who was cleaning out a recently purchased house, recognised the object as a grenade and placed it in the back garden before raising the alarm.

Gardaí travelled to the scene to view the object before contacting the Defence Forces to seek assistance from bomb disposal.

Gardaí remained at the scene overnight until an army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team arrived this afternoon.

EOD technicians examined the object before it was safely removed to the local GAA club where it was placed in the ground and covered in sandbags. A controlled explosion was carried out at lunchtime and the scene declared safe a short time later.

Army EOD team members prepare to remove the grenade from the scene for a controlled explosion – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A Defence Forces spokesman confirmed: “Following a request from An Garda Síochána, an Army Bomb Disposal Team was tasked to investigate a suspect item in Lahinch. The team arrived on scene at 1.00pm.

On arrival a cordon was established for the duration of the operation. A historical Mills 36 hand grenade was identified and disposed of. The scene was declared clear of explosives and the team departed the scene at 1.25pm.”

The spokesman added: “Should members of the public encounter suspicious items, or hazardous substances, they are advised to maintain a safe distance and inform An Garda Síochána.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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