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Panic as hand grenade found in downtown Faro

A hand grenade found yesterday (July 21) in Faro sparked “moments of panic” on the busy Avenida da República near the town’s bus station.

The explosive device was found on a pavement by passers-by at around 4.30pm. PSP police arrived shortly after and set up a security perimeter.

The blue device was identified as a “practice grenade” and was missing its safety lever, which means it had likely already been used.

These types of grenades are used mostly in training exercises and “are not very dangerous”. They just make noise,” a source from PSP Faro told Lusa news agency.

The grenade was removed by PSP’s bomb experts, and by 7pm the avenue was back to normal again.

An investigation is now underway to determine who left the grenade there.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com