An explosive was found in Nieuwegein on Thursday morning, police report. A number of homes in the area around the Herteweide have been evacuated as a precaution.

The area is well fenced off so that the Defense Disposal Service (EOD) can make it explosively harmless.

A police spokesperson could not say what the explosive is. According to RTV Utrecht , a resident sounded the alarm after he found suspicious clothing in his click. This would have been found explosive.

It happens with some regularity that explosives are found at catering establishments or homes. This often involves hand grenades. For example, in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, explosives were found at a home and a restaurant in Noordwijk aan Zee.

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The hand grenade, an increasing problem in the Netherlands