Roads reopen after Essendon grenade scare

PUBLISHED: 14:45 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:45 13 February 2015

Police cordon in Essendon

Police cordon in Essendon

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Roads have reopened after a hand grenade was discovered in Essendon this morning.

Police and army bomb disposal officers descended on West End Lane shortly before 10.20am.

It is thought the grenade, which police say was empty, dated back to World War Two.

The device is believed to have been discovered during demolition work on a barn.

A police spokeswoman from the Welwyn Hatfield Times said: “It was checked by the army and was found to be empty.”

Church Street and Essendon Road were both shut while the Ministry Of Defence responded.

They reopened at around 1.40pm.

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