HOMES in Janesboro had to be evacuated this week after a grenade dating back to the War of Independence was discovered by a resident gardening at his home.
As a precaution, the properties were briefly evacuated after the grenade was found to be ‘live’ on Monday night.
The Army Bomb Disposal Team were called to a house in Janesboro shortly after midnight after the device was discovered by a resident.
The grenade was taken to a location nearby where a controlled explosion was carried out, and the scene was declared safe at 00.40am.
The grenade was found in the garden of a private house of “a decent family” on Colbert Avenue, according to one local councillor who believes the grenade could have been left in the area before that line of houses was built in the 1940s.
Investigating gardai at Roxboro Road station said there is “nothing suspicious per se” about the find and “no rumblings of subversive activity” at this stage of their investigations.
“The investigative is only in its formative stages. One theory is that the grenade could have been there for years.”
A spokesperson for the Defence Forces confirmed the device was a Mills Type Grenade dating back to the 1920s/War of Independence era. “The team arrived on scene at midnight and a cordon and traffic restrictions had been put in place for public safety, with a number of nearby houses evacuated. The grenade was taken to a safe nearby location where it was made safe,” the spokesperson said.
The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team in response to a request from the Gardaí Síochána after the suspect object was discovered by a member of the public who was carrying out gardening work at his homes, the spokesperson added.
Fine Gael councillor Ger Fahy said “thankfully it didn’t cause any injuries”, but said it was a “very upsetting for the household and the neighbours who were awoken by the gardai and asked to leave their homes.”