Bomb squad blow up GRENADE fished out of Northampton canal

Explosive experts make a big bang with controlled detonation in fields near Briar Hill

By Kevin Nicholls
Monday, 1st February 2021, 2:02 pm
Updated Monday, 1st February 2021, 2:06 pm
Bomb squad experts heading through Northampton on Sunday afternoon. Photo: NptonResponse
Bomb squad experts heading through Northampton on Sunday afternoon. Photo: NptonResponse

A shocked treasure hunter got more than he bargained for after fishing a HAND GRENADE out of a stretch of canal in Northampton.

It took a team of bomb squad experts called in at around 4.20pm to make the device safe with a controlled explosion after it was hooked by a magnet angler from water between Towcester Road and Briar Hill.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "The item was believed to be a hand grenade so the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team removed it to Briar Hill Meadows where it was safely detonated and made safe."

Magnet fishing — where people hunt for submerged metal in canals and rivers — is growing in popularity, with thousands uploading videos of finds on YouTube.

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