Possible hand grenade found in front of Amsterdam home

Dutch police crime scene tape
Dutch police crime scene tape. (Photo: Politie)

Another explosive was found in Amsterdam, this time in front of a home on Westerduinenstraat. Defense's explosive disposal squad is on the way to investigate, the police said on Twitter. The area around the home is closed down. 

The explosive was found by construction workers around 6:30 a.m., according to Het Parool. "A hand grenade lay in front of one of the front doors. I nearly died of fright. Suddenly you are a meter away from an explosive", one construction worker said to the newspaper. "While my colleague called the police, I immediately jumped into the stairwell and went to other residents to say they had to stay inside."

There's been multiple incidents involving explosives in Amsterdam over the past two years. On November 1st a hand a , the second in a week. In October hand grenades were found on  and near one of the southern entrances of Vondelpark, an explosive was found in front of a business g in Zuidoost, and  a firebomb was thrown into

In August there were five incidents involving grenades in the Amsterdam area. A grenade exploded in in Diemen on August 31st. An explosive was found  on August 16th. A day earlier a grenade exploded in front of the on Johan Huizingalaan. And the day before that explosives were found on  and again J.

A grenade exploded in front of a home on  in the Amsterdam district of Slotermeer on July 25th, and one was found at a cocktail bar onin January. Last year grenades were found at club  on Leidseplein and  on Amstelstraat.

Since May multiple business owners in the city received an emailif they do not pay 50 thousand euros in bitcoin. 

Last month Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said that the increased use of hand grenades likely has to do with how cheap they are - they can be bought on the dark web or black market for