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Old 11 September 2009, 10:13   #1
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yet another unexploded solent device

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/8250723.stm

Alert over unexploded shell find

Sailing vessels are being warned to avoid a part of the Solent after an unexploded shell was found.

The device was dredged by a fishing vessel on Thursday between Stokes Bay, Gosport and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Royal Navy bomb experts inspected the shell and lowered it back into the Solent with a diving team due to carry out a controlled explosion later.

Sailors heading to the first day of the Southampton Boat Show are being told to divert around the area.

Local ferries are avoiding the shell but are continuing usual operations.

The ammunition is said to measure about 3ft (0.9m) by 1ft (0.3m).

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "The navy came onboard to look at the device and put it back in the water.

"The fisherman has gone back to port, he didn't want to stay around there.

"Divers will be going down to fix some explosives to the device to blow it up."
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There must be loads of this stuff in the solent - not only what was dropped on the area in WW2 , but our guys have also been known to be a little 'careless' with stuff from time to time.

I bet if you dug up a lot of the local gardens you'd still find unexploded ' stuff' - we used to as kids !
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I think its the same right around the coast. Quite alot of it is sat in peoples sheds and houses.

When I helped my Uncle clear his Dads shed he had a bomb launcher, think it was out of a plane. They was meant to be a bomb somewhere but we never found it.
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There was one in our chippy
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There was one in our chippy
Didn't it stand out among the chips & pies ?

The most recent favourite seems to have been the big mines that were buried in the war. One at Lee-On- solent only came to light as the coastguard chopper ground crew pumped 1000l of jet fuel into the grass ( genius ! ) - they went to investigate & found a large amount of explosive ( now soaked in jet fuel ) .

I have asked them to put one under the sea-rider gathering - but to no avail
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There was one in our chippy
Are you sure that it wasn't a pickled egg?
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Is that an old boot just to stop it rolling about or did that, and the old tyre come up with it ? .. feck me I've hauled up those in my local canal .. not to mention an unexploded tesco trolley who knows what i'll find next
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