A SUSPECTED live hand grenade was found in recycling waste from Rutland.
Bomb disposal experts had to be called after the hand grenade was found while a Casepak worker was separating materials from the recycling collection.
Casepak collects the recycling waste from Rutland and it is taken to Leicester to be sorted, where the discovery was made. It is not known which part of Rutland the rubbish originated from.
Sorting was stopped immediately and Casepak called the Naval bomb squad, which removed the hand grenade in a blast proof box.
It happened on Thursday, June 9, but Rutland County Council have only just released the details.
Council leader Roger Begy (Con), who is the portfolio holder for environment, said: “The opinion of the bomb squad is that it was a World War II hand grenade that somebody had tried to convert into a lighter.
“However, the conversion had not been done properly and as a result it was impossible to tell if it was still live or not without removing the detonator.”
He thanked the police and bomb squad for their quick response. He said scrap metal should not be deposited in the grey recycling bin.
For more information about recycling in Rutland visit www.recycle4rutland.org.uk.