British Army destroy World War 2 grenade Mills 36 in Stroud

The Army destroyed a World War Two “pineapple” grenade on Wednesday evening in Stroud town centre after a resident found it in his garden. 

A resident of Ryleaze Road found a Mills No.36 frag grenade while digging in his garden at around 4pm.

The road was closed while Gloucestershire Police waited for the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to attend, who safely removed the grenade from the site and destroyed at an undisclosed location.

An Army spokesperson said: “At no time was there any danger to local residents and we thank the public for their patience.

“We always advise the public that if they inadvertently disturb what they believe to be live ordnance, they should contact their local police force as a matter of urgency.”

All road closures have since been removed.

The Mills No.36 was designed in late 1917 and manufactured at the Mills munitions factory in Birmingham.

It is a version of the Mills No.5, the first modern fragmentation grenade of its kind, adapted to be used in Western Asia toward the end of the first World War.

The No.36 ‘Mills bomb’ remained in service in the British Army until the 1960s, nicknamed ‘pineapple’ due to its serrated structure.

All road closures have since been removed.

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