By Michelle Crean
A live World War II grenade had to be defused by the army bomb disposal team after Gardai discovered it in a house just outside Killarney town on Tuesday night.
Homeowners, who had just inherited the house, had to be evacuated for a number of hours and an army team from Collins Barracks rushed to make the device safe.
The new owners, who were moving into the property which they inherited from an antiques dealer relative, had called the Gardai to find out if the old firearms he had collected were within the law.
However, at 5pm when Gardai travelled to the house located approximately five miles outside Killarney town, they then discovered the US Military 36 grenade – more commonly known as a ‘Pineapple grenade’.
“The owners contacted the Gardai as there was a significant amount of antique items, and during an assessment of the property we discovered the grenade,” Sergeant Dermot O’Connell told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The occupants hadn’t moved in and we secured the area. We contacted the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in Cork and advised them of our concerns. The dispersed immediately. They were on scene at 9pm. We were delighted with their quick assistance and support in such a timely manner.”
He explained that the device was found to be live and the army EOD Unit carried out a controlled explosion nearby at 11.10pm.
The occupants were then left back into the house and the firearms will now go to a firearms dealer, he added.