This is the moment police officers surround a Ukrainian man who had been left holding a ‘live’ hand grenade after a fight with his friend. The man’s friend, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, had pulled the pin out of the grenade and given it to him before running off.
He automatically pressed down on the weapon’s safety lever to stop it detonating, but soon realised that as he was in a residential area of the town he had no safe place to throw it.
Knowing he would not be able to hold the safety lever down forever, passers-by called the police.
A number of policemen helped him hold onto the grenade’s safety lever. They even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion.
Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene – and determined that the grenade was a replica with no explosive inside.
The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby, and faces up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
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