Grenade at Bush Rally Was Live
The statement by agent Bryan Paarmann contradicted initial reports by Georgian officials that the grenade was not in condition to explode and that it had been found on the ground rather than thrown.
Paarmann said the grenade fell about 100 feet from the podium where Bush was speaking and ``simply failed to function due to a light strike on the blasting cap.''
The grenade was wrapped in a dark handkercheif when it was thrown, he said.
``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 mulitudes of Georgian people who turned up for this event,'' Paarmann said.
Bush spoke to tens of thousands of people in Freedom Square, a main plaza in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, on May 10. The crowd response was overwhelmingly favorable, and Bush spoke in strong support of Georgia's efforts at democratic development following the Rose Revolution of 2003.
No arrests have been made in the case, and police have appealed to the public to offer photos and videotapes that may contain information on the perpetrator.