Explosive find for treasure hunting grandfather in Devon


A grandfather was looking for buried treasures on farmland in Sampford Peverell, Devon with a metal detector when he spotted what he thought to be a silver ring sticking out of the dirt.

John Hill, 67, was surprised to find the ring was attached to the safety pin of a Second World War hand grenade.  As soon as he realised he shouted to his two grandsons, who had come to see what their grandfather had discovered, to run for cover.

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He then placed the grenade carefully on the ground before running for cover himself.

A bomb disposal team was then called and the grenade detonated in a controlled explosion.


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