Controlled Explosion for Anti-Tank Mine Found on Farmland Near Andover

A metal detectorist scanning farmland near Andover in Hampshire was given a shock when they found an anti-tank mine dating from World War Two (WWII).

The area was used by Canadian troops as a camp and training area in the build-up to the 1944 D-Day landings.

The detectorist called the Police, who mobilised an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The EOD team identified that the device was live and carried out a controlled explosion in situ.

Given that the farmland on which the mine was found had been cultivated for more than 50 years, it demonstrates the hazard that still remains from UXO on land formerly occupied by the military.