Cornwall

WWII Mills hand grenade found in Churchtown cottage roof

  • 14 March 2012
  • From the section Cornwall

A hand grenade found in a cottage roof in Cornwall has been detonated by bomb disposal experts.

The device was found in a house being renovated in Churchtown, St Breward, just after midday.

A 100m (328ft) cordon was set up and walkers stopped from entering the village on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Ordnance experts from the Royal Navy's Southern Diving Group removed the grenade and carried out a controlled explosion in a nearby field.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said it was a Mills device - a typical small hand grenade about the size of a lemon - from the WWII era.

The grenade was encased in cement in the roof space. After removing it, the device was X-rayed before being taken away for disposal.

The grenade was named after its designer, William Mills from Sunderland.

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