'Grenade' sparks callout for bomb disposal squad
The army bomb disposal squad was called to Otatara after a grenade was found inside a house.
Police found an item believed to be a live grenade while executing a search warrant at the property on Wednesday night. The army bomb disposal squad, based in Christchurch, was consulted and the property secured until the squad could travel to Invercargill and examine the item yesterday morning.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman said it was found to be an inert drill grenade, which did not contain explosives.
Drill grenades are shaped like active grenades, and are used to practise throwing and aiming the real thing.
A 49-year-old unemployed man from the address was arrested and appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday on firearms-related charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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