24 WWII grenades found in a Suffolk field


On Monday the British Army’s bomb disposal team detonated 24 self-igniting phosphorous (SIP) grenades found in a field in Sibton, Suffolk.

During WWII, the Home Guard was equipped with a variety of land service weapons, including self-igniting phosphorous grenades (SIP grenades).

They buried caches of these SIP grenades (No. 76 grenades) for use in the event of a German invasion.

Many of these are still buried across the UK. The May bank holiday weekend saw a cache of these dangerous items discovered in a Suffolk field.

The grenades comprise a glass bottle filled with benzine and white phosphorous, designed to ignite once the bottle had been thrown and broken.

The chemical reaction which ensued would cause intense heat and fumes. These grenades are particularly hazardous as the contents can  burn long after detonation.

As a result, the items are very volatile, even now, many years after the end of the war.

Once the controlled explosion was completed, the scene was monitored by the fire service until the contents has entirely burned away.

Thumbnail picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

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