Two injured after bowler throws grenade instead of ball in Ukraine

Photo: ABC30 News

Two people have been injured while bowling in a rebel-controlled area of east Ukraine after a player rolled a grenade instead of a ball.

A separatist-run news agency cited emergency services official Sergei Ivanushkin as saying Friday that the separatist-held parts of Luhansk region have seen a spate of accidents recently because of careless use of explosives. Ivanushkin said a man and woman were hospitalized after Thursday’s incident.

The blast occurred at a “cheburechnaya” – a restaurant serving fried pastries – that also offered duckpin bowling, which uses a ball without holes on a relatively short lane.

East Ukraine has been wracked by war for almost a year, during which time the region has become flooded with small arms and grenades.

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