Live grenade found in house clearance in Leicestershire 

Posted: June 11, 2015 

Leicester Mercury

Police cordoned off a street in a county town after a live grenade was uncovered in a house clearance.The Second World War device was found in a shed at the rear of the property in Hearth Street in Market Harborough. The area was sealed off for several hours and the RAF bomb disposal squad was called in.The grenade was removed and a controlled explosion was carried out in fields outside the town.

The grenade was discovered by Paul Quinn who was carrying out the clearance for a firm of solicitors.Mr Quinn, who is based in Braunstone Lane, Leicester, said: "The home had belonged to a deceased gentleman who had fought in the Second World War."I was sifting through items to see which could be retrieved for the estate when I came across a pile of rubbish in the outhouse."As I lifted it up I saw what I thought was a deactivated grenade."I had come across a similar one 10 years ago. But when I took a close look at it in my hand, I realised it was live as the pin was still in it."I immediately put it down by a wall at the property and called the police."He added: "Obviously the gentleman had kept it as a souvenir from the war."He added: "Many residents were kept out of their homes for hours. But it ended safely."A police spokeswoman said they were called at 11.33am. She said the road was sealed off.She confirmed the bomb disposal team had been called in.Incident vehicles from the ambulance service were also on scene as a precaution.Children and parents at a nearby primary school were also advised to use an entrance away from Hearth Street on Fairfield Road.Hearth Street re-opened shortly after 3,30pm. Harborough Police tweeted: "Thanks to the local residents for their understanding during the incident on Hearth Street today, area now re-opened.