Army blows up bomb

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY BETHANY ROLSTON

The Army has det­o­nated a live World War II bomb af­ter a fam­ily found it on their prop­erty at Ki­no­haku.

Te Awa­mutu con­sta­ble Rainier Bron said a man no­ti­fied po­lice on Wed­nes­day, June 6, about a mor­tar shell on his fam­ily’s farm.

The fam­ily had owned the bomb for many years and as chil­dren had played with it on their grand­fa­ther’s farm, he said.

“The grand­fa­ther used to be part of the Home Guard dur­ing World War II. They think that’s where the mor­tar shell had come from.”

“They never thought it was live and they lost track of it about 20 years ago but re­cently found it again.”

The man was plan­ning to dis­pose of the bomb him­self.

“He put the old mor­tar shell in his car boot and drove north look­ing for a place to bury the bomb.

“But as he was driv­ing along he thought he should get it checked out. I think it had been play­ing on his mind.”

The man stopped in Piron­gia, still with the bomb in his boot, to con­tact po­lice. Po­lice drove to Piron­gia to check out the bomb and im­me­di­ately called the bomb dis­posal squad.

“They had a look at it through Face­time and came down pretty quickly from Auck­land.”

While po­lice waited they drove the ve­hi­cle to an empty pad­dock at Piron­gia Rugby Sports Club.

“We parked the car away from houses and waited for the army to come down.”

The bomb was stored overnight in the Te Awa­mutu Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and the next day was det­o­nated at a farm south of Ki­hik­ihi.

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NEW ZEA­LAND Army det­o­nated a live World War II bomb south of Ki­hik­ihi.

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