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Shell bought at auction detonated

Published 13/09/2011 | 17:41

The wartime shell was bought unwittingly at an auction but then had to be detonated in a controlled explosion
The wartime shell was bought unwittingly at an auction but then had to be detonated in a controlled explosion

A wartime shell bought unwittingly at an auction has been detonated in a controlled explosion.

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The device was discovered by a man at his home in Carlisle, Cumbria, at about 10.40am on Tuesday.

It was among a collection of war memorabilia he had recently bought.

An army explosive team was called to the address in Strawberry Terrace and moved the device to a suitable rural location where a controlled explosion was carried out safely.

Inspector Tony Quinn, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: "Old army ordinance sometimes turns up in the strangest places. Don't attempt to move or interfere with the device. If in any doubt contact the police and follow the advice given."

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