Geoffrey and Sian Edwards kept the 19th-century relic outside their window. A couple were prepared to “leave the house with them” after bomb squad officers told them it needed to be blown up.
In the UK, an unexploded shell could explode at any moment after serving as a garden decoration for a couple for decades. Sky News writes about this.
77-year-old Jeffrey Edwards said that the shell was given to him along with the house from the previous owners. Since then, children have played with it, painted it and tapped it with a garden trowel.
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A couple who kept an unexploded bomb as a garden decoration for decades were prepared to “walk away with the house and everything in it” after bomb squads told them it had to be detonated.
Geoffrey and Sian Edwards kept the 19th-century relic outside their Milford Haven home after moving in in 1982. This week the man’s home was visited by police who informed him that the shell needed to be examined by the Ministry of Defence. Later in the evening he received a call and was told that the bomb squad would arrive the next day. Residents of the street had to be evacuated.
“We didn’t sleep a wink that night. We lived in this house for 41 years, we knew all its corners and I told the sappers that my wife and I would not leave it. We will stay here. We will leave with our house,” the pensioner said.
Mr Edwards had long believed the bomb had no charge and thought it was a dummy shell used in naval exercises before the First World War. He told the bomb squad that “if it exploded” the couple would lose their home and property.
“We will leave with the house and everything associated with it,” he said.
Fortunately, the bomb squad found that the charge was “light” and unlikely to explode. It can be moved without evacuating people. The bomb was detonated in an abandoned quarry nearby. Mr. Edwards was glad to hear that it had split in two. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the shell dates back to 1880-1890 and belongs to a British warship. The Briton hopes it will end up in the museum, but notes that he is sad to lose his “friend” from the garden.
The couple painted it the same color as the window moldings, and Mrs. Edwards tapped it with a trowel as she gardened.
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