Soldier gives friend grenade, pulls pin out, then runs away with him holding safety lever

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A soldier has landed in hot water after an argument resulted in him giving a grenade to his friend, pulling out the pin then running off.

They had fallen out and started fighting in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine.

One of the soldiers said here hold this and his former friend put his hand out, expecting to be given a mobile phone.

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Pic Shows: Man with a grenade and policeman Alexander Tsukanov; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
To stop the grenade detonating they taped their hands to it so the safety lever stayed pressed (Picture: CEN)
Pic Shows: Man with a grenade and policemen; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
A police officer held onto the grenade with the soldier to stop him releasing the safety trigger (Picture: CEN)
Pic Shows: Man with a grenade and policeman Alexander Tsukanov; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
Its not clear what they were arguing about that led to the prank (Picture: CEN)

But when he looked he saw what appeared to be a live grenade and the first soldier had pulled out the pin before running off.

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Instinctively, he pressed down on the safety lever to stop it detonating.

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But, realising he couldnt hold it forever and with no safe place to throw it, he started shouting for help.

Passersby arrived at the scene and immediately after seeing the grenade they called police.

Pic Shows: The grenade looked like a military grenade F-1; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
The grenade was later found to be a replica and had no explosives inside (Picture: CEN)
Pic Shows: Man with a grenade and policemen; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
People helped secure the soldier and police officers hands using sticky tape (Picture: CEN)
Pic Shows: The man who held a grenade (center); A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
The two soldiers had fallen out and started fighting in the Ukrainian town (Picture: CEN)

Officer Alexander Tsukanov could see that the soldier was tiring so helped him to hold onto the safety lever.

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People also used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade while they waited for the bomb squad to arrive.

The soldier was later arrested at his nearby home and faces up to seven years in prison.

The grenade turned out to be a replica.

Pic Shows: The man smoking a cigarette; A soldier is in trouble after he pulled the pin from a grenade, passed it to his friend and ran off. The pair, whose names have not been released, had fallen out and been fighting in the city of Dnipro in south-eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region. The soldier, who had just returned from active duty in the War in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, said to his pal: "Here hold this." The man put his hand out, expecting to receive the man's mobile phone, only to see what looked alarmingly like a live grenade. The soldier had pulled out the pin and ran off so his pal automatically pressed down on the weapon's safety lever to stop it detonating. But the man realised he could not hold it forever and - with no place safe to throw it - started screaming for help. Passersby rushed to his aid and, seeing the grenade in his hand, called the police who raced to the scene. Policeman Alexander Tsukanov, noticing the man was tiring, bravely helped him hold onto the grenade's safety lever. And passersby even used sticky tape to secure their hands to the grenade so they did not slip off, triggering an explosion. Bomb squad experts finally arrived on the scene - and quickly determined that the F1 grenade was a replica with no explosive inside. The soldier was later arrested at his home nearby. He faces serious charges and up to seven years in jail if he is convicted.
The victim needed a cigarette after surviving the ordeal (Picture: CEN)

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