Smoke grenade causes police station evacuation
ARMY bomb experts were called in to remove a grenade handed into Casino police on Monday.
Police yesterday said the%arrival of the grenade, which was found in garbage dumped at the Rappville waste transfer station, triggered the evacuation of the Casino police station when officers recognised the danger the device posed.
However, the device was later confirmed by an explosives expert to be an Australian Army smoke grenade and was secured in a disused part of the police station until army bomb experts from Sydney arrived% later that day to remove it.
Richmond Valley Council environmental health manager Peter Cotterill yesterday said it was likely a council contractor discovered the smoke grenade while sorting scrap metal at the transfer station, which is open to the public only on Sundays.
Police said army bomb experts brought a special bomb-proof container with them to let them transport the grenade safely back to Sydney.
The grenade’s cylindrical style of casing is commonly used in smoke grenades, used for concealment, signalling and flash-bangs, which contain a flare to blind opponents, and incendiary grenades.