Suspected grenade found in Stockholm office

Stockholm police cordoned off an area of the central city after what was believed to be a hand grenade was discovered just inside the door of a city office.

Suspected grenade found in Stockholm office

“The person who reported the incident says it is a hand grenade. We are not taking any risks until bomb technicians have investigated the object,” said Albin Näverberg of the Stockholm police to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Police officers were alerted to the discovery of the object around 11am on Tuesday and bomb technicians soon arrived on the scene.

After having made a first evaluation of the situation, most indications point to it being a live grenade, according to the paper.

“They have made the judgement that there is no immediate danger at the moment. ‘No immediate danger’ I take as confirmation that it was an identified dangerous object,” said Näverberg to DN.

“If you find a live grenade you can say it is ‘no immediate danger’. Unidentified objects are worse.”

A forensic investigation is also underway, according to DN.

The office where the grenade was found has not been under threat from anywhere before, but police told the paper that there are some “special circumstances” that need to be taken into consideration in the investigation.

At 1.30pm, TT reported that the grenade was safely taken from the area in a bomb vehicle and will be investigated further.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).