Fire crews and bomb disposal squad lead evacuations as ‘grenade’ found in house

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Authorities were forced to close roads and evacuate homes after police found what they suspected to be a grenade inside a house on Monday.

A bomb disposal crew was rushed to the scene in Swinton, Salford, where they were able to assess the potentially deadly device.

Fortunately, police have now said that the grenade has been declared 'not viable', reports the Manchester Evening News.

Emergency services were at the scene on New Street, Swinton, including four fire engines.

The road runs off the busy A666 Bolton Road, which has been closed as a result between Pendlebury Road and Bridge Street.

A Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal team is understood to have attended.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident arose following a 999 call reporting concerns for the welfare of a man.

Officers attended a property on New Street as a result and after locating the man they discovered what has been described as a 'possible grenade' inside.

No further details have been released.

A cordon was established although its not known how many properties have been evacuated.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police said: "Police responding to a report of concern for the welfare of a man attended a property around 8pm this evening November 1, on New Street, Swinton.

"Officers attended and located the man and following enquiries a possible grenade was uncovered at the property.

"A cordon is in place and properties have been evacuated as a precaution.

"Bomb disposal officers are due to attend to make an assessment of the device."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: "Just after 8pm today (1 November) firefighters were called to a property on New Street, Swinton.

"Four fire engines from Agecroft, Salford and Whitefield stations arrived quickly and worked alongside colleagues at Greater Manchester Police to evacuate a number of properties and close nearby roads. GMFRS remain at the scene."

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