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WWII Hand Grenade found on Greenwich Foreshore

bomb4-200x300A WWII hand grenade found on the foreshore of the River Thames at Greenwich was destroyed in a controlled explosion yesterday evening. A Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team detonated the item in situ after it was uncovered by a mudlarker collecting objects washed up on the shore.
There is thought to be a wide range of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in the River Thames and smaller items of UXO frequently get disturbed by river currents and are washed up on the foreshore. Periodic sweeps of the river banks are undertaken by the Port of London Authority to check for suspect items that may affect navigation or industry.
Old and rusted grenades are often hard to detect amidst debris and uneven terrain and therefore it was a good spot to identify the item on the muddy banks of the Thames. That the subsequent detonation ‘woke up half of Greenwich’ was perhaps not so fortunate.
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