Roads closed after unexploded hand grenade found in Derbyshire garden

An unexploded hand grenade found in a garden in Derbyshire has been detonated by explosives experts.

Derbyshire Police and Army clearance officers were dispatched to Swadlincote following the discovery by a resident of Woodville Road.

Police have been notified and roads surrounding the property have been closed to protect residents.

Police tweeted: ‘The closures are a precautionary measure after receiving a report at 12.15pm today (August 28) that a member of the public had found a device, believed to be a hand grenade, in their garden in Woodville Road.

“Officers have attended and cordoned off the area and Explosive Ordnance Disposal has been notified and is examining the device. Please avoid the area. »

The area surrounding the property was closed to traffic while specially trained officers attended the scene


Derbyshire Police later confirmed that the device had “proven to be viable”. Officers from the explosives team arrived to carry out a controlled detonation of the device.

The cordon was removed and the roads reopened to traffic at 3:30 p.m.

The incident comes as another unexploded grenade was discovered in a rural area on the outskirts of Harrogate earlier today.

One device was found by a resident using a metal detector before contacting police about the find.

North Yorkshire Police tweeted: ‘We have been contacted after an item believed to be an unexploded grenade was found in a rural area on the outskirts of Harrogate.

“EOD techs are on scene.”

The device, also believed to be a hand grenade, detonated in a controlled explosion after noon.