Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Grenade Thrown Near Bush

NBC News reported at the top of its 6:30 broadcast that a hand grenade was thrown within 100 feet of President Bush as he spoke in the former Soviet republic of Georgia earlier today. Little information was available on who threw the grenade or what the intended target was. NBC reports that the Secret Service was not informed of the incident until two hours after Bush and his entourage left the country.

More information and links as they become available.

[Update: ABC News now has this brief story up about the incident. -- 6:51 p.m.]

[Further Update: CNN, FOX News lead 7 p.m. newscasts with this -- 7:00 p.m.]

[More: MSNBC has this longer story on the incident, including a quote from the Georgian Interior Minister denying that the event ever happened. No confirmation of any of the information previously reported seems to be available yet. -- 9:15 p.m.]

[Final Update: The Associated Press reports that the grenade was inactive, and of a type used in demolition projects. Gela Bezhuashvili, secretary of the Georgian National Security Council, told AP "I am not an expert, but it was not possible to detonate it there," and that there was never any danger to Presidents Bush or Saakashvili. -- 11 May, 8:45 a.m.]


At 10:04 AM, Blogger C.Y. said...

I doubt it was even a demo grenade, if there is indeed such a thing I've never heard of it.

I'd guess it was most likley an inert training grenade, as you can get those just about anywhere.


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