Controlled Explosion for Kelvingrove Park AA Shell

446672-police-at-kelvingrove-park-a-300x169A WWII Anti-Aircraft (AA) shell has been destroyed in a controlled explosion after being found by a member of the public in a stream at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.  An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team removed the device to a nearby quarry where it was blown up, much to the chagrin of unsuspecting local residents!

Glasgow and the River Clyde was a vital area of industry during WWII and, as such, was heavily targeted by the Luftwaffe.  Numerous AA gun sites were established around the cities in an attempt to shoot down raiding enemy planes.

AA shells fired from static WWII gun batteries could land as far away as 27km from the firing point, although more typically fell within 15km.  Many of the shells fell on residential properties, often causing more damage than the German raiders.  Others did not explode and were distributed across a wide area, explaining the regularity with which they are still found today.