Fishing kids find grenade — bomb squad gets involved

A mysterious object resembling military ammunition was found by some children in the water in a culvert at Bergnäsudden.
A mysterious object resembling military ammunition was found by some children in the water in a culvert at Bergnäsudden.

Two children recently discovered a strange object resembling ammunition by the roadside culvert in Bergnäsudden. It turned out to be a practice grenade.

Arjeplog 1 juni 2023 12:06

It was a couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday, that two children were fishing in Storavan near the large roadside culvert near Bergnäsudden in the Arjeplog municipality.

– When they came home, they told their father that they had found a missile in the water by the culvert, but he didn't believe them. So, he went there to check, and found the object a little frightening, says a person who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Children often access the culvert by boat.

They called the police because it looked like some kind of ammunition. Other people who had come to look suspected that it was ammunition for a grenade launcher.

– We had to email a picture of the object to the police and were then contacted by both the police and the military. They reached out several times for additional information about how many people were in the vicinity and if they would need to place a guard by the culvert, they explained.

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The road above the culvert heads towards Bergnäsudden.

The police promised to get back to them once they had inspected the site.

– They didn't come back to us, but the object seems to be gone. We've called several times, but they could only confirm that someone had gone there to inspect. Many children go there to fish, and boats pass through the culvert, so it would be good to know whether they've removed the object and what it was. It feels very disconcerting since we're being kept in the dark, the individual stated.

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Marcus Eriksson, station commander Piteå, says that the object was a harmless practice grenade. (Archive image)

Marcus Eriksson, station officer at Piteå police, offers some reassuring news.

– Together with the defense group and bomb squad, we have determined that the object, which was a practice grenade, was harmless and has been removed, he stated.

When asked why they hadn't followed up, he replied:

– It's difficult to notify everyone, even though we try to.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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