WWII shell left by garage door
A WWII shell found at a nature reserve was left leaning against a garage door by someone who did not tell anyone about it.
Workers at the Kenfig Nature Reserve said had the shell been live it could have been set off.
SOMEONE found a Second World War shell at a nature reserve and left it leaning against a garage door without telling anyone.
Aghast workers at Kenfig Nature Reserve said that, had the shell been live, it could have been set off when someone opened the garage door, with potentially fatal consequences.
That’s if it hadn’t gone off while the mystery person was carrying it there in the first place.
The area was cordoned off and the bomb disposal unit was called following the discovery.
Mark Blackmore, who works at the reserve, said: “We found the shell lean- ing against the garage door, a 70-year-old gentleman came and told us he’d seen it.
“There was a risk of it being live. Kenfig was a training place during World War Two, so there are a lot of shells around. This is the third one I’ve been around for. There used to be a lot more found, but it’s calmed down now.
“We secured the shell to wait for the bomb disposal team, but we think what happened was a member of public found the shell and carried it to the garages and left it there without telling us.
“That was very foolish. Not only could the bomb have exploded while they were carrying it, but if we had opened the garage door it could have exploded then.
“The reserve was a couple of miles away, so they must have carried it quite far.”
Mr Blackmore explained that there were procedures in place to deal with the ordinances and members of the public should not pick up or carry them.
He said: “Please note where the bomb is, and ring 101, and notify us where it is so we can secure the area.
“The bomb disposal unit told us that there was no way that we or a member of public could know whether the shell was live or not.
“Fortunately in this situation the shell had already been detonated, so they just removed it, but in the past we have had them come and safely detonate the bombs.”
A spokesman for Bridgend council said: “After the object was found on Friday, we secured the area, contacted police on 101 and allowed them to assess it.
“The bomb squad came from Tewkesbury and were at the centre by lunchtime to deal with it. They confirmed that it was part of a shell but it had been previously detonated.”
The shell found at Kenfig Nature Reserve