Fully functioning grenade left in cinema sparks investigation

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31 Oct, 2009 Updated Sat 31 Oct 2009 10:48 CEST
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A cleaning lady working at a cinema got the fright of her life when she picked up a paper napkin from a seat and found it was wrapped around a hand grenade.

The authorities evacuated around 800 guests still watching films in other parts of the Düsseldorf multiplex cinema after the cleaning lady and the security guard she took the grenade to, alerted the police.

Examination of the grenade showed it to be completely functional, although it still had the pin inserted, and would not have spontaneously exploded, according to a report in Stern magazine.

A police investigation has been launched to try to find out who brought it into the cinema and why.

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