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Woman takes unexploded shell through airport


Posted on Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

The woman had no concern for her own safety. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Acdx
The 24-year-old had discovered the unexploded World War II tank artillery shell while she was out hiking.
The incident, which occurred at Vienna International Airport recently, sparked great concern among customs officials when the woman asked if she was able to take her 'souvenir' back to the US.

After finding the 3-inch shell during a hike, she had allegedly taken it back to her hotel room where she had washed it in the sink so that she wouldn't get her clothes dirty during the trip home.

In the end, the unexploded ordnance was destroyed by a bomb disposal unit.

The woman was later reported for negligent endangerment and fined a total of $4,964.

Source: DW.com | Comments (12)

Tags: Bomb, Shell, World War 2

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 11 July, 2018, 12:16
We all know you wouldn't try to get a tank shell back home. You would take the whole tank !  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney on 11 July, 2018, 12:21
Naw, my company issued G-3 was good enough. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 11 July, 2018, 12:26
Are you talking about the H&K G3 automatic rifle ? Didn't know they used them in the US. It was the standard rifle in our armed forces for decades, now replaced by the C7/C8. I imagine a few probably remains in the homeguard.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 11 July, 2018, 12:29
 Wasn't allowed to bring it into to the States.  It was "company" issue.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 11 July, 2018, 12:40
Its a bloody big piece of kit isn't it ? I haven't fired one though. The thought of lugging one of those around makes me glad I drew the "Get out of the army free card". Back in my day (Early 90's) we had a system that was basically a lottery to decide if you had to be coned or not. They asked me if I wanted to join anyway but I politely declined. In theory we still have consciption, but in practice the army gets enough volunteers so they don't really need to call up conscipts anymore.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 11 July, 2018, 13:04
I'm just glad I never had to use it. A 7.62 makes a mess. Among my people it's more honorable not to kill people. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by John Allanson on 11 July, 2018, 16:42
There comes a time in life when a grasp of reality could be a good thing. Her idiocy could have killed people.
Comment icon #10 Posted by C.J. on 11 July, 2018, 20:31
Sounds like she had a....blast.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jon the frog on 12 July, 2018, 1:37
One time I forgot a full clip of .22 in my backpack going to Jamaica.. They removed my multi tool pliers in the same bag at the airport but never saw the loaded clip, insane. Found it while unpacking in Jamaica and dropped the bullets in the bin before going back, lol. Not fool enough to testing the system a second time ! It was 20 years ago tho...
Comment icon #12 Posted by MWoo7 on 12 July, 2018, 18:30
Maybe she was busy and just not thinking as in had a lot on her plate or too many pokers in the fires so to speak.  One time a bunch of us where done from riding and all piled ( piled NOT PLOWED!!!! in a VW Bus) and headed across the border for a bit of fun.  Right before we leave the mountie or what4ever! called there asked what's that ? pointing at the muzzle of a 30-30 rolled in a sleeping-bag but the tip was showing out by the side window glass pointing straight at him.  A couple winks and no no its not loaded and we're just done riding through the forests you know. And we were on our way.... [More]


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