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The bomb squad was drafted after a hand grenade was found by an eight-year-old boy.
Tyler Ball was magnet fishing in the River Douglas in Wigan, Lancashire, when he made the discovery.
His mum Charlotte called the police, who cordoned off the area to allow bomb disposal experts at the scene to assess the grenade.
Ms Ball said: "We weren't 100% sure what it was at first, which is why I picked it up. I saw the ridges and knew what it was. I was shocked.
"We rang the police and they came and called the bomb squad. They have sectioned off the road.
"There are two police vans and two police cars."
The mum said she decided to take Tyler and his 12-year-old brother Liam to the river to pass some time during the coronavirus lockdown.
She added that while she was shocked by the discovery, Tyler cannot wait to tell his pals about the "exciting" find.
Ms Ball said: "You don't expect to come across something like that.
"It was the first time we've been and it was just something to pass the time during lockdown and keep the kids entertained.
"He (Tyler) is so excited. He can't wait to tell his friends he has found a grenade."
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