A live grenade was found in the garden shed of a house in Market Harborough, Leicestershire at the end of last week. A house clearance was being undertaken after the death of the previous occupant when the item of UXO was found, prompting the arrival of an RAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.
UXO are often inadvertentlyÃƒ€šÃ‚ kept as collectors items and stored in houses and gardens across the country. Whilst many inert ordnance collectors take great measures to ensure that any items they possess are not live, others are not so vigilant or are simply unaware of the potential hazard live UXO can provide.
Possessing or selling live ordnance items is illegal and can have potentially serious consequences. In 2011, a boy in Northamptonshire lost his fingertips after an 81mm Spanish mortar he bought online, and that was supposedly inert, exploded in his hands.Ãƒ€šÃ‚
Any person in possession of ordnance-related items, or with knowledge of someone who is, must ensure that such items are inert. If in any doubt, the police should be informed.