World War 1 bomb “Able to explode” found by a boy on a UK beach

A World War I 'bomb' has found a boy on a UK beach

The grenade was “capable of exploding”.

A young boy recently discovered a World War I live grenade on a beach in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. On Facebook, police said the boy contacted the Northern Ireland Police Service after seeing the device on Kultra Beach – which was “capable of exploding”.

An Army technical officer who visited the scene confirmed that it was a live WW1 “Mills Bomb” hand grenade. According to the social media post, the grenade was taken to Crawford’s Burn Country Park where it exploded in a controlled explosion.

In the caption, officers said, “We contacted the ATO who was present and confirmed that it was an unexploded World War 1” Mills bomb “hand grenade. We accompanied the ATO to Crawford’s Burn Country Park where a controlled explosion occurred.”

They added, “It was a live grenade capable of detonating. Many thanks to the young man who found the grenade and alerted the police and everyone involved. “

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According to FreedomThe Mills bomb grenade was the first hand grenade to be issued on a large scale in Britain when it was made in 1915.

Although it is rare, unexploded ordnance from WWI and WW2 is still discovered from time to time. Earlier this year, a World War II grenade was lifted from a conveyor belt at a hot chips factory in New Zealand.

In 2020, parts of Soho in central London were evacuated after a suspected unexploded WW2 bomb was found. In 2019, a 7-foot German explosive device also exploded after being picked up by a fishing net off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

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