A possible Poya Day disaster was averted yesterday when a hand grenade, which was set to explode automatically, was found inside a bag on a bus at Slave Island last evening.
According to Police media spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera, the route 122 bus was going from Avissawella to Pettah.
The STF had rushed to the scene and defused the grenade.
According to SSP Gunasekera investigations were continuing. No one had been arrested at the time of going to press.
A passenger had noticed the suspicious bag. When the bus had fortuitously been stopped at a check point, the passenger had pointed it out.