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Sep 8, 2014

Another Grenade Found Just Before September Celebrations…

The threat of a grenade attack during the September Celebrations is very real, following a bold attempt in September 2008 when a hand-thrown bomb was hurled into a crowd of spectators during the Carnival Road March.  While that explosive did not detonate and was safely defused, there have been a number of grenade attacks since then, the most deadly resulting in the death of sixteen-year-old Darren Trapp.  He succumbed to injuries received when a grenade exploded, after being thrown into a group of residents on Mayflower Street a few months earlier.  On Saturday, a British-type defensive hand grenade was discovered in an abandoned building just a block away from where the deadly blast had taken Trapp’s life and injured many.  While the origin of the projectile remains unknown, its removal from the streets of Belize City comes at a time when citizen security is most crucial.  


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Deputy O.C., Eastern Division

“On Saturday we received intelligence on the location of a grenade. We quickly went to the area where we searched an abandoned building on Banak Street and we discovered a British A-one defensive grenade. We called in the bomb expert who came in and took control of the scene and carted away the grenade for safe disposal. At this time, we will not dispose the investigation that we had carried out prior to the intelligence that led us to the discovery of the hand grenade nor will we disclose what was the intent for the use of the grenade. But one thing we want to assure the public that we’ve been saying all along is that we have been working hard, we have been diligently as to ensure the safety of the community and this is as a result of the hard work that we have been putting in place.”



“So you have any motives or any idea what was the meant of use of the grenade?”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

Edward Broaster

“Yes we do.



“Is there any particular reason why you can’t say at this time? How can it prejudice the investigation in any fashion? The public would need to know.”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“Yes and at this time we cannot divulge the information. Probably down into this week, we will have further developments as it pertains to that.



“Is it because it is a case of who it would have been used at, or the people or the person?”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“Not necessarily. Like I said, it is a sensitive investigation and later down into this week, we may have further updates or improvement in our investigation.”



“Can you describe the nature of the tip that led to this discovery?”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“Well this tip was from a citizen who called and said not in my city actually, which led to the discovery of this grenade.”

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1 Response for “Another Grenade Found Just Before September Celebrations…”

  1. patriot says:

    Staged!!! This was done to calm the nerves of belizeans that are worried around this time. This gives false hope that its a bit safer… What senior officer picks up evidence on a crime scene with his bare hand screwing up fingerprints? Stupid

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