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Kid gets metal detector for Christmas, ends up w bomb disposal squad

posted at 2:01 pm on December 31, 2012 by

Not bad for his first try:

Sonny Cater was exploring fields near his house when the National Geographic metal detector, worth £30, led him to a mud-caked metal capsule.

He took it home but his father Jem, 37, became suspicious as he washed it under a tap and contacted a relative who is a former RAF armourer.

The family were told to immediately call the police and a bomb disposal squad was dispatched to their home in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Experts identified the device as a 10lb British practice bomb from WWII and it was removed for safe disposal.

Yesterday his mother Tracey said that, despite the drama, the incident proved that Sonny’s Christmas present worked.

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This may sound like a good story, but the horrific realliztion is that they just destroyed a WWII historical item.

BigGator5 on December 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

This may sound like a good story, but the horrific realliztion is that they just destroyed a WWII historical item.

oh, yeah, better the bomb remain and potentially kill people…

in france they have been continually retrieving unexploded ordinances- going back to before WW1- and removing them- so they do not kill people. to the tune of 900 tons of unexploded bombs, ordinances per year.this includes moldering, decaying chemical bombs- such as with mustard gas.

but saving lives is so not interesting…

mittens on December 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Being England, that kid stands a good chance of finding quite a lot of interesting things. Over two thousand years of history there in a small area.

Apparently two years ago in Germany an undetonated piece of ordinance was found from WWII. Even with a professional crew trying to dispose of the bomb, it still went off, killing three and injuring six.

According to wikipedia – grain of salt – undetonated ordinance dating back to the mid-1800′s can still be found that still poses a problem.

Old ordinance can become very unstable.

Logus on December 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

mittens on December 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

*rolleyes*

I keep forgetting sarcasm doesn’t come across well over the internet unless you explicitly state that your joking. No, it’s my fault completely.

BigGator5 on December 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

You’ll blow your head off with that thing…kid.

HumpBot Salvation on December 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

*rolleyes*

I keep forgetting sarcasm doesn’t come across well over the internet unless you explicitly state that your joking. No, it’s my fault completely.

BigGator5 on December 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Can we say that your joke bombed?

rbj on December 31, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Could be lots worse… If you visit Ypres,Belgium, you will find roadside vendors hawking WWI-vintage ordinance, which is continually being discovered in the mud of Flanders. The most alarming things were the shells that had been sawn in half to show their construction. Yup, hacksawed right down the length and through the fuse. Every once-in-a while they find that the near-100-year soaking in the wet soil didn’t leave the fuse quite as inert as was expected… and a few people get removed from the gene-pool.

And yes, they are still finding old stockpiles of chemical weapons from The Great War, usually in extremely bad condition due to the corrosive contents.

DaveK on December 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

How completely stupid. A practice bomb doesnt include any explosive.

Luckily the 10lb bomb head did not contain any explosive material.

It was “removed for safe disposal”? How? by throwing it in the trash? Because that would be safe disposal. -.-

The torpedo-shaped bomb which was discovered was of no danger to the public but was deposed of.

Why? Why not let them keep it? Oh right… to give busywork to bomb disposal cops with nothing better to do so they can try to justify their funding.

kaltes on December 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Heh guys, according to the article, it was non-explosive: “…the 10lb bomb head did not contain any explosive material.”

joated on December 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This may sound like a good story, but the horrific realliztion is that they just destroyed a WWII historical item.

BigGator5 on December 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Actually, that’s not far off.

The 10lb practice bombs had what amounts to a small blank shotgun shell in the nose, that ignited a smoke grenade/marker in the tail. The nose was full of lead for weight.

When the nose struck the ground, the blank went off and ignited the white smoke marker so the spotter could gauge the accuracy of the drop(s).

As to injuring yourself, you might damage your hearing when the blank went off, but you’re more likely to injure yourself by dropping it on your foot. There’s no risk of explosion/fragments/etc from one of these.

The case of the vapors that the presstitutes are having over this is similar to their concerns about evil “high-capacity” magazines jumping up off a shelf and shooting someone without ever been put into a weapon.

V/R

TKindred on December 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If I am not mistaken several years ago in Britain they located a real un-exploded 500lb bomb in a river they had partially drained for a project.

BullShooterAsInElk on December 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I remember finding an old German medic pack, a bayonet and multiple shells while growing up as a kid in Norway.

Pretty common in countries that were occupied, probably less so in Britain though.

Norwegian on December 31, 2012 at 11:16 PM

A Norwegian on a conservative website? Now THAT is a rare find.

SAMinVA on January 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Somebody should pass an ordinace on how to use the word ordnance

notalemon on January 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Maybe of interest to some For the USA, Guam is the #1 place where unexploded artillery rounds and bombs are found on a continuous basis.
I was told many military explosive experts got their first real experiences there, that is, until the War on Terror.

sanjuro on January 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Somebody should pass an ordinace on how to use the word ordnance

notalemon on January 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Someone else should learn to use the spell-checker.

RoadRunner on January 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It was a practice bomb so would not contain explosives. No need to destroy.

Grunt on January 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

A Norwegian on a conservative website? Now THAT is a rare find.

SAMinVA on January 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Heh

We’re not as rare as you think :-)

Norwegian on January 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

As a retired Ordnance Disposal guy I say some folks need to do some research on “practice vs. Inert”

Some “practice bombs” have had as much as 20 lbs of High Explosives in them as a spotting charge.

Europe is littered with tons and tons of unexploded ordnance buried to varying depths all depending on their weight and height from wich they were dropped/fired.

They did the right thing notifying the proper authorities. The Countries of Europe and Great Britian have been dealing with these items ever since WWI and especially after WWII. Even the experts have been known to make mistakes that ends tragically. Always better to be safe than sorry.

Just sayin’

D-fusit on January 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Good news he didn’t get arrested. Had he reported it to the DHS they would have blown up his house nd arrested the entire family as possible terrorists— after the local cops killed his dog.

clippermiami on January 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Nice to see everyone weighing in with their technical expertise. Practice ordnance injures more EOD techs than any other type of ordnance, because it is assumed to be safe when it often is not. Practice bombs in particular contain low explosive spotting charges that create puffs of smoke so that pilots can confirm where they hit. These are large enough to cause loss of limb or eyesight.

- US Army EOD

Dr. Manhattan on January 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Well said D-fusit nice to see another tech on the site.

Dr. Manhattan on January 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Some “practice bombs” have had as much as 20 lbs of High Explosives in them as a spotting charge.

D-fusit on January 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

.
There’s no way a 10 pound device can contain 20 pounds of anything.

blink on January 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

.
Also, a 4 oz. bird cannot carry a 1 lb. coconut.

listens2glenn on January 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Also, a 4 oz. bird cannot carry a 1 lb. coconut.
listens2glenn on January 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM

It could be carried by an African Swallow.

whatcat on January 2, 2013 at 5:39 AM

I keep forgetting sarcasm doesn’t come across well over the internet unless you explicitly state that your joking. No, it’s my fault completely.
BigGator5 on December 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

It makes it even more enjoyable when someone takes the snark seriously.
:D

whatcat on January 2, 2013 at 5:44 AM

The Army is still trying to clear out munitions from Fort Ord. It’s taking so long due to the manzanita brush they have to clear off by burning. They can only get burn permits for a few acres a year. Often that permit falls on a day that ends up being a no burn day due to atmospheric conditions.

logdogsmith on January 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

There’s no way a 10 pound device can contain 20 pounds of anything.

Also, the device didn’t contain any explosive material at all so there’s no way it could “potentially kill people…”

blink on January 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

I guess you missed the operative word in my post, “some”. I did not say this bomb contained anything. I said some practice bombs. Reading comprehesion is not your strong suit.

You must have been or still are a commisioned officer.

D-fusit on January 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Mary Katherin Ham – I have a plea for you:

“Sweet blistering Jesus, woman – please, please, PLEASE provide as many posts as possible so that we don’t have to read AP’s Posts Inciting and Cheering On the Leftist base.”

Thank you.

williamg on January 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM