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Old 04-09-2012, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3 Year old Boy finds Hand Grenade on Easter Egg Hunt - Yikes.

Toddler on Easter egg hunt stumbles on Second World War grenade | Mail Online

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Police called in the bomb squad yesterday after a three-year-old boy was spotted standing on a live hand grenade during an Easter egg hunt.

The grenade, believed to be a relic from the Second World War, was found in a field next to a busy road.

The bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion.



The egg-shaped hand grenade was spotted by father-of-three Stuart Moffatt, 34, at the event organised by a pre-school group.

Mr Moffatt, an engineering consultant, was there with his wife Victoria, 35, and their children Nelly, five, Isla, two, and 11-month-old Freddie.

He said: We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object.

'It was brown and about 4 inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade.

I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.'

About 25 children, aged between two and five, had been at the hunt near woodland at Holford, Somerset just yards from the A39.

Stuart alerted organisers from the Stowey Bears pre-school group.

They then slowly moved the children away from the scene, keeping calm in order not to panic them.

When they arrived on the scene, police officers put a 100-metre cordon in place and alerted members of the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who rushed straight to the scene.

Avon and Somerset Police later confirmed the grenade had been destroyed.

A spokesman for the force said: 'The Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene and destroyed the object in a controlled explosion.

'The cordon has been lifted and the local community are thanked for their patience while this incident was dealt with.'

Lorry driver Paul Gibbard, 40, from nearby Stogursey, who was also on the Easter Egg hunt with daughters Ruby, three, and Jade, two, said: 'It was a bit of a shock.

'Apparently there used to be an American Army base in Holford during the Second World War. I think it has to be something to do with that.'
That's a little scary.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That darn easter bunny trying to blow kids up. Tisk Tisk
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a feeling I've seen this happen before.... I just don't have a specific instance of it. Anyway, crazy stuff right there.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That sort of thing happens in Europe all the time. They are always finding bombs dropped during WWII. In some areas farmers find them while plowing and stack them along the road so they can be picked up.

Of course finding a hand grenade during an egg hunt is new.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Aren't there still a few WWI "Mines" unaccounted for? Not the "pop" -you lost a leg ones, but the "Rolling thunder" -a small neighbourhood/few hundred yards of trenches turn into a large hole kind.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That sort of thing happens in Europe all the time. They are always finding bombs dropped during WWII. In some areas farmers find them while plowing and stack them along the road so they can be picked up.

Of course finding a hand grenade during an egg hunt is new.
Yeah, I remember some friends saying they came across unexploded firebombs in Germany when they were backpacking. The farmer said they were probably still live. Had them in a shed as I recall.
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Aren't there still a few WWI "Mines" unaccounted for? Not the "pop" -you lost a leg ones, but the "Rolling thunder" -a small neighbourhood/few hundred yards of trenches turn into a large hole kind.
yes there are some... kinda scary when you think about it
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Reading the title and then seeing that picture load when the thread opened startled me, I thought it was said 3 year old finding the pin and learning that that special egg did.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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'Apparently there used to be an American Army base in Holford during the Second World War. I think it has to be something to do with that.'

Typical bloody Americans - overpaid, oversexed, overarmed and overhere.

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Typical bloody Americans - overpaid, oversexed, overarmed and overhere.

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