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Schoolboy finds bomb with metal detector

Posted on Saturday, 29 December, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Sonny Cater found more than be bargained for when he took his metal detector to a field near his home.

Using nothing more than a 30 National Geographic metal detector he'd received as a Christmas present, Sonny had been exploring fields near to where he lived when the device started to beep. Digging in the ground he uncovered a mud-caked metal capsule which he took back home and washed to see what it was. His parents soon became suspicious however when the initially innocuous device revealed itself to be disconcertingly bomb-shaped.

Shortly afterwards the police and a bomb disposal unit has been called to the house, it turned out that what Sonny had discovered was an old World War II practice bomb. "We are dumbfounded that he discovered this on his first go," said his mother. "It was caked in mud and Jem just thought it was a lump of metal and took it home." Fortunately it was determined that the device did not pose a risk and it was later disposed of safely by the authorities.

"Sonny was enjoying a walk across Roydon Common for around 15 minutes with his parents and brother Marley, nine, on Boxing Day when his metal detector started beeping."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by ad hoc on 29 December, 2012, 20:35
are these people insane? not one of them took a picture of this thig? where were their iphones?!?! what is the world coming to.
Comment icon #3 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 29 December, 2012, 20:53
Wow, imagine that.
Comment icon #4 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 December, 2012, 4:35
I would be looking for more of them. Just for Safety reasons
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lava_Lady on 30 December, 2012, 5:41
Haha haha! I wanted to see it too! They should have let him keep the shell, how often do little boys find bombs? Best Christmas gift ever!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by ashven on 30 December, 2012, 12:41
agreed if its just a shell whats the problem with letting the kid keep his treasure
Comment icon #7 Posted by Medium Brown on 30 December, 2012, 19:18
That's quite true because god knows how much unexploded ordinance there is. A bomb disposal unit should be called in to comb the surrounding areas. I think it was pretty reckless our boys would leave these bombs hither and thither. You can't really say it's anything to do with being caught in the victory celebrations. However because the UK isn't recognised as an official warzone in the last century or so there should be no minefields. But you should still tread carefully and be aware of any hidden dangers. You don't want to be hearing any Christmas tragedies instead. Thi... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by CuriousGreek on 31 December, 2012, 0:12
What are the chances??? Really lucky kid
Comment icon #9 Posted by ad hoc on 31 December, 2012, 0:14
Yeah exactly! would have been a great souvenir. Hmmph
Comment icon #10 Posted by stevemagegod on 31 December, 2012, 18:10
I know right im surprised i didn't read of them sending in any teams of people to search the surrounding areas incase there isnt anything else hiding.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Mag357 on 2 January, 2013, 4:06
They should have let him keep it. Then if he wanted he could take it to a pawn shop and get some cash.

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