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Gardener digs up wartime grenade in Halesowen

A gardener in Halesowen escaped unharmed after his spade shattered a chemical grenade from the Second World War.

He was digging on Belbroughton Road when his spade hit the container and smoke began billowing out.

The road was cordoned off as the device was made safe by West Midlands Fire Service.

West Midlands Police said the device was thought to have been of a type issued to the Home Guard.

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