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Jan 16, 2017

Second Grenade Recovered in 12 Days from Southside

For the second time in twelve days, the Police Department has removed an American type fragmentation grenade from south side, Belize City.  On Saturday, the police were tipped off about the location of the live grenade. Bomb expert and B.D.F. Commander, Brigadier General David Jones was called in to retrieve the grenade from Lake Independence Boulevard, which is the other side of Chetumal Street. General Jones says that the discovery was made early on Saturday morning, just after seven o’clock.

 

On the Phone: Brig. Gen. David Jones, Bomb Expert

“I was just called to go and retrieve a grenade on the Chetumal Boulevard over the bridge in an open lot going towards George Price Highway. The device w3as in a container, wrapped up in a plastic bag and inside some cloth inside a metal pot. I got there, I opened the bag and the cloth and I removed the grenade from inside the pot. It was a similar grenade as the one that was previously retrieved about a week ago or so. It has marking M-Nine on it; the rest of it wasn’t very clear. But it has the similar size and shape as the M-twenty-six; it has the same capabilities. So it can cause lethal injuries within five to ten meters and can cause serious injuries up to three hundred meters. I just went there and retrieved the grenade and brought it to the B.D.F. camp and have it stored.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“These two particular grenades seem to be of th same make and model; they are U.S. grenades. Correct?”

 

On the Phone: Brig. Gen. David Jones

“They are both American type grenades.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Can you explain to us more or less where these grenades would have been purchased or retrieved from?”

 

On the Phone: Brig. Gen. David Jones

“Well I won’t be sure. They are definitely from outside Belize, probably one of the Central American countries—either from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador or even Honduras—they could have come across into Belize. But I won’t be sure from where exactly or which one of the country they could get them from, but they are definitely being brought into the country.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Have both of these projectiles been disposed of? Can you give us an update as to what has become of them?”

 

On the Phone: Brig. Gen. David Jones

“We still have them for safe-keeping; we have them stored. We are not going to destroy them until we get the okay from the police department. If they tell us to destroy it then we will dispose of both of them. If people would be aware of where the others area, because we have intelligence information that there are more of these grenades out in the public, we would like people to inform the police as to where they are or to even inform us immediately so that we can go and retrieve them because these things are very dangerous out there and they can cause innocent lives to be lost and we would like them to be taken off the streets.”

 

Later on in the newscast, we’ll look at the impact of grenades in the past eight years. 

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3 Responses for “Second Grenade Recovered in 12 Days from Southside”

  1. Mike G. says:

    Please listen to him people.

  2. Mike G. says:

    The K9 Unit has explosive detection dogs. Are they utilizing them as intended? Never hear about or see those donated assets anymore.

  3. Kaila Moralez says:

    I don’t believe the BDF or police genuinely find these grenade I think this is a fabrication stage so that GOB can start to kill people with grenade and give the public the impression it was some culprit who cause the killing. No criminal out there is so kind to just store a grenade and not use it. Criminals love to impress with new forms of crime so if these grenade were in the possession of a criminal they would have used it already. Also if the authorities genuinely found the grenade they would have commented about forensic test on the grenade to possibly find out who was handling it or they would have commented that they are investigating.

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