Bomb squad called after WW2 shell found in Peak District

Bomb disposal experts were called in after a Second World War shell was found on a Peak District path.

Sunday, 16th August 2020, 2:03 pm
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 9:47 am

The rusty shell was discovered up on the moors by members of Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, which said it had been exposed having lain hidden in the heather for years after walkers and cyclists trying to avoid the softest peat ended up widening existing paths.

Members of the Royal Logistic Corps attended and the device was removed for safe disposal on Wednesday, August 12, after being found to contain potentially hazardous barium nitrate.

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Police and bomb disposal experts were called after a shell was found in the Peak District (pic: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team)

The moutain rescue team thanked them and South Yorkshire Police for helping and reminded anyone finding something similar not to touch it.

"Call us/police and wait for instructions. Ideally mark the site if possible and take an accurate location grid reference. Any ordnance could still be dangerous even if it looks like a rusty old shell,” said the team.

The shell had lain hidden in heather for years (pic: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team)
The shell was removed so it could be disposed of safely (pic: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team)