British EOD Responds to Magnet Fishing Find

Hilperton, United Kingdom A 15-year-old boy and his father pulled an ordnance item the canal near the Whaddon Lane bridge while magnet fishing. The two called the police to report the find. Police responded and cordoned off the area before contacting the British Army for support.


An EOD team from Tidworth responded and conducted a controlled detonation to disposal of the item. LTC Wade, a spokesman for the British Army Land Forces headquarters in Andover told reporters "It was most likely British-made and dates back to around 1940. The percussion cap had been struck but it had not detonated." Lt-Col Wade went on to state, there is "no reason to believe" there are other shells in the canal at that point.

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