Video: Controlled explosion following discovery of grenade in canal

Thursday 31st May 2018 – 4.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff were put on standby after a man dredged up an unexploded grenade from a canal.

The incident happened in a canal off Lathe Way, near Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale at just before noon.

Two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team were initially sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A cordon was put in place until the EOD team came and assessed the item.  After an initial assessment, the HART team were stood down.

“The EOD team decided the safest option was to blow the grenade up and it was transferred to Pype Hayes Park in Erdington where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

“The paramedic officers provided medical cover while the explosion took place.”


Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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