Schoolboy sparks bomb alert after taking live shell home

Daily Echo: Schoolboy sparks bomb alert after taking live shell home Schoolboy sparks bomb alert after taking live shell home

A HAMPSHIRE teenager sparked a bomb scare when he took home a Second World War shell.

Bomb disposal experts were called to 13-year-old Thomas Sheaf’s home by his father, who became worried after doing some detective work into what the device was on the Internet.

Dad Kelvin and family and their nextdoor neighbours were ordered to evacuate the area and his garden and surrounding area was cordoned off while the two-man bomb disposal crew looked at the shell and confirmed that it was a shell from an Ordnance Quick-Firing six pounder.

Thomas picked up what turned out to be a spent shell fired from a British 57mm anti-tank gun when he was dog-walking with his mother Emma and other family members on the Mottisfont Estate.

He took it home and left it on the patio table in the garden of the cottage where they live in Spearywell Road, Mottisfont.

Kelvin said: “He picked it up in the woods on Monday morning and brought it home. I didn’t take much notice at the time.

“Out of interest I looked on the Internet the next day to see if I could identify it. I came across three shells and it looked like a highly explosive one and it was then that it panicked me a bit.”

Kelvin then alerted the police and the bomb disposal unit were sent to inspect the device.

It is not known how the shell got there, but during the Second World War the Americans trained at Lockerley Camp, about a mile away.

Mottisfont Estate was also used as a training ground in the 1960s but no shots were fired.

Once the bomb disposal squad had taken the shell away for safe disposal they told Thomas that if he finds any more shells not to touch them, but to mark the spot and call them.

“They walked down to where it was and after looking at it gave the allclear.

They told me the one to avoid has a ring on the top of it,” said 45- year-old Kelvin.

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9:18am Fri 22 Feb 13

Raxx says...

He's lucky he's not one of those mulamics - the police probably would have tasered him just to be on the safe side.
He's lucky he's not one of those mulamics - the police probably would have tasered him just to be on the safe side. Raxx
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9:31am Fri 22 Feb 13

ToastyTea says...

why is he smiling like a moron when he could have killed alot of people
why is he smiling like a moron when he could have killed alot of people ToastyTea
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9:53am Fri 22 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

I fink i got it wrong again Dad
I fink i got it wrong again Dad Pikey-Biker
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10:09am Fri 22 Feb 13

wossit says...

He's a kid, and you were perfect !!!
He's a kid, and you were perfect !!! wossit
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10:16am Fri 22 Feb 13

ShellyBaldwin says...

Moron? He's a child?
Moron? He's a child? ShellyBaldwin
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10:38am Fri 22 Feb 13

ToastyTea says...

ShellyBaldwin wrote:
Moron? He's a child?
and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly).
[quote][p][bold]ShellyBaldwin[/bold] wrote: Moron? He's a child?[/p][/quote]and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly). ToastyTea
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11:08am Fri 22 Feb 13

Raxx says...

ToastyTea wrote:
ShellyBaldwin wrote:
Moron? He's a child?
and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly).
Given that they live in a rural cottage in an expensive area near Romsey, I think that's rather unlikely, don't you?

I guess your ability to instantly pigeonhole people must be a bit less reliable than you thought.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShellyBaldwin[/bold] wrote: Moron? He's a child?[/p][/quote]and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly).[/p][/quote]Given that they live in a rural cottage in an expensive area near Romsey, I think that's rather unlikely, don't you? I guess your ability to instantly pigeonhole people must be a bit less reliable than you thought. Raxx
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11:31am Fri 22 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

ToastyTea wrote:
ShellyBaldwin wrote:
Moron? He's a child?
and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly).
Blimey Toasty how judgemental are you? you need to take that brush that you are trying to tar this family and Shelley with and poke it where the sun doesnt shine!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShellyBaldwin[/bold] wrote: Moron? He's a child?[/p][/quote]and ? they look like they live in a council house aswell which is typical (which I guess you do too with a name like Shelly).[/p][/quote]Blimey Toasty how judgemental are you? you need to take that brush that you are trying to tar this family and Shelley with and poke it where the sun doesnt shine! Tenderhearts wife
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11:47am Fri 22 Feb 13

rightway says...

ToastyTea wrote:
why is he smiling like a moron when he could have killed alot of people
Because he's 13 years old, the lad's excited about what's happened as any 13 year old boy would be.
This does not make him a moron, but the statement you made most certainly makes you one.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: why is he smiling like a moron when he could have killed alot of people[/p][/quote]Because he's 13 years old, the lad's excited about what's happened as any 13 year old boy would be. This does not make him a moron, but the statement you made most certainly makes you one. rightway
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