An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was mobilised to a house in Church Stretton, Shropshire after a Victorian-era artillery shell was found in the back garden. The item, described as being 10″ in length and 4.5″ in diameter, was proven to be free of explosives and was removed.
The owners of the property had acted appropriately, leaving the mud-caked object in situ before emailing a photograph to the local Police, who then informed the EOD team.
How the device ended up in someone’s back garden is a mystery but it goes to show that even unexploded ordnance (UXO) more than 100 years old is still discovered in the UK today. This is also the case in the USA, where remnants of the Civil War (including artillery shells and cannonballs) are found on a regular basis, many of the items remaining potentially hazardous.