Farmer digs up GRENADA too unsteady to move during asparagus harvest – World News

After realizing what he had found, the farmer called the police to help get rid of the grenade, which was widely used during the First and Second World Wars.

The bomb was found at 7 p.m. Tuesday and successfully detonated at 11 p.m.

A farmer accidentally dug up a deadly hand grenade while harvesting his asparagus crop.

The grenade, a Mills No. 36 bomb, was unearthed in a field in Lavelsloh, Nienburg district, Lower Saxony, northwest Germany, on Tuesday.

After realizing what he had found, the farmer called the police to help get rid of the grenade, which was widely used during the First and Second World Wars.

Experts said the bomb was too unstable to travel and decided to detonate it on the spot in a controlled explosion.

Police cordoned off the area and evacuated 23 neighbors while bomb disposal experts secured the grenade.






Mills bomb No. 36, was unearthed in a field in Lower Saxony, northwest Germany

After being found at 7 p.m., it was successfully detonated at 11 p.m.

The Nienburg/Schaumburg Police Department said in a statement obtained by Newsflash (in German): “On Tuesday (May 10, 2022), a hand grenade was found during ongoing harvesting work in an asparagus field in Lavelsloh.

“The finders alerted the police and fire department around 7 p.m.

“After the emergency services consulted specialists from the explosive ordnance disposal service in Hanover, they classified the grenade as untransportable at a distance and decided on a controlled detonation.

“For this purpose, the Mindener Strasse site has been cordoned off and cleared within a radius of 300 meters.

“With the support of firefighters and other riot police forces, residential buildings in the radius were evacuated.

“A total of 23 people had to leave their homes for the duration of the measures.

“Despite the late hour, those affected were understanding of the safety measures taken by the emergency services. The Diepenau fire station was made available to them as a point of contact.

“Shortly after 11 p.m. the go-ahead was given: the British Type 36 hand grenade had been successfully detonated.

“The area of ​​operation was again liberated by the police and the inhabitants were able to return to their homes.

“In order to be able to inform affected citizens about the current situation in a timely manner, the use of social media was accompanied via the Twitter and Facebook channels of the Nienburg/Schaumburg police department.”

“Mills bomb” is the popular name for a series of British hand grenades which were the first modern fragmentation grenades used by the British military.

They were patented, developed and manufactured by William Mills, a hand grenade designer from Sunderland.

They were manufactured at the Mills Munitions factory in Birmingham in 1915 and were in service from that year until August 2021 when their last major operator, India, replaced them.

Filled with the explosive Baratol, they were still in combat use as recently as 2004.
Over 75 million were produced.

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