Police treated military ordnance found in Corner Brook as if it were live

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said that any time it comes into contact with an explosive device it treats it as if it is live.

Const. Scott Mosher said that was exactly the case when a military ordnance was discovered in a city home over the weekend.

“The ordnance appeared to be intact,” said Mosher at a news conference Monday morning. “It was treated as live in the interest of public safety. That’s just a safety precaution we take.”

  Mosher said the city detachment received a call from a concerned citizen of Humber Road at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The resident told police that what appeared to be a military ordnance had been found in the home.

Patrol services responded to the home and took pictures of the item.

Officers sent the photos to the explosives disposal unit in St. John’s where members confirmed it appeared to be the “real deal.” The item was later  identified as a hand grenade that had military markings on it.

Mosher said the home owner made alternate living arrangements for the night and a police presence was maintained at the home.

Members from the explosives disposal unit travelled to the city on Sunday and disposed of the device.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Humber Road

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