Boom Boom Plough (And Other UXO Headlines)


In this month’s BombRisk update, we cover lucky farmers, stinky gases, and a familiar (remixed) story!

Boom Boom Plough

Today’s first story comes from across the channel – all the way over in Viersen, Germany.  It’s a tale as old as time (if time began in 1945, that is) – a bomb on a farm.  However, this story has a twist.

So - a 30lb British incendiary bomb was discovered on a farm – but how?  Did the farmer dig it up?  Stumble upon it?  Find it hidden in a bush?  No – I’m afraid it’s far scarier than that!

The 30lb bomb got stuck in the farmer’s plough.  The plough actually pierced the bomb, and a piece remained embedded in the machinery. 

Did we mention this happened at night and in the dark?  The farmer only realised what the item was the following morning.

Luckily, or perhaps miraculously, the bomb didn’t detonate.  Why?  We can only speculate.  That’s one lucky farmer – perhaps he should consider entering the lottery!

After the bomb squad was called, the farmer even got his embedded plough back!  All’s well that ends well.

Quinton stinkin’

Argh.  Can you smell noxious gas?  What if you can’t blame it on the dog?  Perhaps what you’re smelling is unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Builders in Quinton, Northamptonshire, stated they could smell “noxious gas” seeping from the ground in a local resident’s garden.  After the police were contacted, a haul of World War II grenades was discovered, leading to the bomb squad intervening.

A 100-metre cordon was subsequently set up and 20 homes were evacuated.  The bomb squad’s operations lasted 3 days in total.

Moral of the story: a stinky smell could be an explosive dog bottom … or it could literally be explosives!

BombRisk remix

This next news item combines two classic BombRisk stories – so we’re hereby dubbing this section a “BombRisk remix”.

We’ll keep it brief!  A mother and her son went magnet fishing (uh oh) in the River Wye in Helmsley.  What did they catch with their magnet?  UXO of course!

The British Trench Mortar Bomb was mistaken for a large piece of a camping stove.  What happened next?  They took it home in their car, of course!

It was only when they got home, they realised it was a potentially dangerous item.  The police were swiftly contacted thereafter.

So, for those new to BombRisk, let us reiterate two key messages:

If you haven’t read the two articles we’re referring to yet, you can do so below: 

That’s all for this month, folks!  Remember: be wary of UXO.  If you’re planning on carrying out a construction or infrastructure project, get a BombRisk report first!  Contact our team for more information.


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