Hand Grenade found in Northants Garden

179966701-300x213An unexploded hand grenade, probably dating from WWII, has been found in a garden in Rushden, Northamptonshire. A safety cordon has been put in place and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team is on site to dispose of the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).

The No. 36 hand grenade – more commonly known as a ‘Mills Bomb’ – was a standard issue to many army and Home Guard personnel during WWII. As such, these types of grenades are found fairly regularly in the UK. Back in 2013, a hand grenade was found at Higham Road, also in Rushden, and just a couple of hundred metres from this latest discovery. It was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Whilst unlikely to cause widespread damage, hand grenades are still potentially extremely hazardous and can cause injury to those tampering with them. It appears, in this instance, that the owners of the property responded appropriately by informing the Police.

For more see: http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/bomb-disposal-team-called-after-unexploded-grenade-found-in-rushden-garden-1-6842472