Amsterdam coffeeshop closed after discovery of hand grenades

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dutch police at the scene of a crime. (Photo: twixx/DepositPhotos)

Coffeeshop New Times on Spuisstraat in Amsterdam was closed by request of the municipality after two hand grenades were found there over the weekend. The coffeeshop agreed to close for a week, after which the municipality will decide whether further closure is needed, AT5 reports.

The first hand grenade was found near a parking garage at New Times early on Saturday morning. The second was found on the pavement in front of the coffeeshop at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Spuistraat was closed down for several hours on both days, while explosive experts removed the grenades. 

This is not the first time a hand grenade was found on Spuisstraat. Early this month, on April 5th, a grenade exploded in front of the entrance to club Mad Fox, located under Hotel W Amsterdam. The club was also closed by order of the municipality. 

On Friday a hand grenade was found on Eerste Coehoornstraat in the center of Amsterdam.