Friday 23 June 2017

Man tours around Australian town with unexploded WWII bomb in back of van

The unexploded device was discovered in the wreckage of a WWII device
Photo: NT Police/Facebook
The unexploded device was discovered in the wreckage of a WWII device Photo: NT Police/Facebook
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

What would you do if you found an unexploded World War II bomb in the wreckage of an airplane in the countryside?

Well, Australian mud crab fisherman decided the best thing to was strap it to the back of his utility vehicle (or 'ute' in Australia) and tour it around his town.

Damien Lumsden told ABC News that he discovered the bomb the wreckage of WWII plane in bushland 440Km east of Darwin.

Instead of notifying the army or the police, Mr Lumsden took the bomb on a tour around his hometown for "a bit of show and tell".

However, a number of concerned decided that driving around the Australian outback probably wasn't the safest thing to be doing and contacted the authorities.

"A couple of people got the gist and starting ringing up," Mr Lumsden told ABC News.

"Ben and Paddy (police officers from Ramingining, about 20 kilometres away) came over and took it away from me."

The Australian Army and the RAAF bomb squad detonated the bomb on Tuesday in a joint operation.

It had lain dormant for over 70 years and Mr Lumsden was disappointed that he couldn't keep the device as a souvenir.

"It would have been good to keep on the mantle piece," he said.

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