Fancy finding a bomb in a hedgerow!

Well, who said that nothing ever happens in sleepy little Welsh villages?! I was having a look at the BBC News website, when this sprang out at me. Apparently, workmen were widening a road when they found a discarded bomb buried in the hedgerow. This isn’t the most amazing part though – it is thought to be a bomb which a man called Dai Rogers (who died many years ago) used as a doorstop! The bomb disposal squad have been summoned to deal with it, although I do wonder what the chances are of it blowing up of its own accord if it has already survived being dropped from a plane, carried into a house, tripped over and banged by a door goodness knows how many times in its domestic career and then thrown away into a hedgerow! However, I am aware that these things can be volatile, so better safe than sorry. I can’t help wondering though, if Dai Rogers is looking down from wherever he is now and laughing at all this kerfuffle over his doorstop!

This story caught my attention for two reasons. Firstly, the village in which it was discovered (Pontrhydfendigaid) was where a schoofriend of mine (Kiri) lived. We lost touch after our GCSEs when she left to go to a sixth form college, and I believe she’s living in China now. Secondly, I remember my Dad telling me a similar story about finding a bomb being used as a doorstop, although I don’t remember all the details. All I can remember was Dad telling me this story not long after I’d found out about the properties of magnesium and potassium including what happens if they are immersed in water, and how explosive they can become. Anyway, to cut a long story short, something happened along the lines that someone was going to put this lump of magnesium in a bucket of water, to supposedly neutralise the bomb, and there was a great panic to stop the man doing this. Have I got this all twisted up, Dad? False memory? Remind me of the actual story next time I see you so that I can put this right!

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  1. […] Comments Some of my regular readers will remember that a couple of weeks ago I posted a blog about some council workers in Ceredigion who found a discarded bomb in a hedgerow. Those among you with good memories will also remember that I mentioned a story I remembered […]

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