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Bomb squad scrambled to Bridgwater Canal over fears magnet fishers caught 160 year-old grenade

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Bomb squad experts were called to a canal over fears magnet fishers caught a 160 year-old grenade. The puzzling find was made by members of a magnet fishing group on the Bridgewater Canal in Sale, Trafford, at the weekend, sparking a police alert.

Enthusiast Alastair Rogers - part of a regional magnet fishing group - pulled the object up from the water then wrapped it up in a towel and placed it behind a tree.

It was photographed and the images were sent to a military historian, who said he believed the metal lump could have been part of a Ketchum hand grenade, which were predominantly used in the American civil war and first patented there in 1861.

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