FBI Says Georgian Grenade Was Live, Malfunctioned

Here’s a frightening update on last weeks grenade scare in Georgia, which has since been downplayed.

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – A grenade hurled in a crowd during last week’s speech by President Bush in the Georgian capital was live and considered a threat against the president, though it failed to explode because of a malfunction, the FBI said Wednesday.

In Washington, the White House spokesman said Secret Service agents in Georgia were examining whether security changes were needed, noting that some people at Freedom Square were seen getting around metal detectors at Bush’s May 10 speech.

Initially Georgian officials said the Soviet-era grenade was found on the ground, was inactive and posed no danger to Bush.
But FBI agent Bryan Paarmann said Wednesday that the grenade, wrapped in a dark handkerchief, fell about 100 feet from the podium where Bush was speaking and “simply failed to function.”

He identified it as a live hand grenade, whereas initial Georgian statements said it appeared to have been an “engineering grenade,” a device that is not designed to spread shrapnel.

“We consider this act to be a threat against the health and welfare of the president of the United States as well as the welfare of the multitudes of Georgian people who turned up for this event,” Paarmann said.Uh, not to correct the FBI, but that’s what’s known as a failed assassination attempt…

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