Venlo man finds live grenade in his backyard and lies on it for over 2 hours to smother it

Not your average Thursday morning news…

First Noticing the Explosive

A man in Venlo finds a live grenade in his own backyard. Yup, you read this right.

Fearing for his life and the safety of others, the man came across the device while gardening in his backyard on Tuesday. It began when he heard a hissing sound coming from beneath the ground. Courageously he rushed to smother it, lying down on the hissing.

He lay on the explosive for upwards of two and a half hours. Thankfully no one was hurt.

Emergency Services Response

As a precautionary measure, two flats in the area were evacuated. Approximately a hundred people had to leave their homes temporarily. Eventually, it turned out to be a high-explosive grenade without further explosives in it. The EOD has begun investigating the grenade. The man was taken to the hospital for medical inspection.

News events like these prompt people to question safety in the Netherlands.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

If you have seen or heard something suspicious you can call Politie. NL 

  • Report Crime Anonymously: 0800-7000 (free of charge)
  • Tips For Investigations
    • The WantedHotline at 0800-6070 (free of charge)
    • National Criminal Intelligence Unit (NCIE) at +31-(0)79 345 8999

What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments!

Jesse Rintoul
I'm a 24-year-old writer living in Amsterdam, pursuing videography and media. The coffee I am drinking in my profile picture is a black coffee.


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