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Family find old grenade in house.

A FAMILY stumbled upon an unwelcome housewarming present - when they found a live World War I grenade in a plant pot.

The Wright family had to call in the bomb squad and leave their property four days after moving into their new Pontypool home after the alarming discovery.

Mum Sandra Wright, of Sunnybank Road in Griffithstown, said she was moving plant pots filled with water at the time.

"The plant pots had water in them and I was tipping the water out when I found it," she said. "I picked it up and passed it to my husband."

Husband Wayne, 45, said: "Sandra came into the kitchen with this grenade and to start with I thought it was a fake one but then I could see a pin and a spring-type thing as well as a serial number on it.

"It was quite weighty too, so I said to her I think we'd better put that back."

After a call to police, Wayne put the grenade at the bottom of his 50ft garden. The new home was then evacuated while a bomb squad travelled to the scene from Hereford. The residential road was closed before the family were allowed to return home after 4pm.

The bomb squad told them it was a genuine hand grenade from World War I with markings from 1915. They added that, unfortunately, they would not be able to keep it.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 25, 2012
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