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'Looks like a ******* grenade to me': Magnet fisherman catches more than he bargained for

Andrew Wild uses a magnet on the end of the rope to search for objects along river beds- a hobby described as "deep water metal detecting". Photo: MEN Media

This is the moment a "magnet fishermen" caught a hand grenade in a canal - sparking a major police operation.

Andrew Wild uses a magnet on the end of the rope to search for objects along river beds- a hobby described as "deep water metal detecting".

But he got a bit more than he bargained for during his last cast of the day on Rochdale canal in Greater Manchester - a grenade:

It was the last throw of the day. I roped it in, pulled it out and when I saw what it was I was terrified.

They can still be volatile. I believe they are not that bad when they’re wet, but when they dry they can go boom.

– Andrew Wild
Police put a 100m cordon in place. Credit: MEN Media

Homes and streets were evacuated and the bomb disposal unit was scrambled.

Andrew says you can pull all kinds of objects out of the canal - he's found a number of shopping trolleys and even a motorbike, but he's never found anything like this.

He said "it was a good bit of excitement and a good story to tell.”

Andrew believes the grenade is from the Second World War. Credit: MEN Media