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Army bomb experts called after Second World War grenade found in Hythe field

01 April 2014
by Sam Lennon

Police and bomb disposal experts were called after a hand grenade was found in a Hythe field.

The Second World War weapon was discovered off Horn Street at just after 5.30pm yesterday.

A police spokesman said: "It appeared to have been in situ for some time."

An army bomb disposal van and equipment called to the discovery of a grenade in Hythe. Picture courtesy of @Kent_999s.

An Army bomb disposal van and equipment after the discovery of a grenade in Hythe. Picture: @Kent_999s

Officers sealed off the area and the Army's Explosives Ordnance Disposal team arrived at the scene, close to the junction with Valestone Close.

The soldiers carried out a controlled explosion at just after 7pm.

Army spokesman Chris Fletcher said: "It was a Second World War vintage and it was blown up on-site by controlled detonation."

A soldier, barely visible in camouflage clothing, hunts for the grenade in Hythe. Picture @Kent_999s

A soldier, barely visible in camouflage clothing, hunts for the grenade in Hythe. Picture: @Kent_999s

The sealed off Hythe field where the grenade was found. Picture @Kent_999s

The sealed off Hythe field where the grenade was found. Picture: @Kent_999s

Soldiers at the scene of a grenade found in Hythe. Picture @Kent_999s.

Soldiers at the scene of a grenade found in Hythe. Picture: @Kent_999s.

No properties had to be evacuated and the area was declared safe at about 8pm.

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