WWII shell left by garage door

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - CAITLIN O’SUL­LI­VAN caitlin.o’sul­li­van@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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