A boy who was on the hunt for artifacts near his home in England got more than what he bargained for after uncovering a WWII bomb using a metal detector he received for Christmas.
At first, Sonny Cater and his younger brother thought they hit the jackpot when came across the large metal object.
The boys dug the piece up out of the ground, and they brought it home to their father, Jem Cater, who cleaned it up and then placed a call to authorities. A bomb disposal squad was immediately dispatched to their residence.
“We are dumbfounded that he discovered this on his first go … we are going to go out again to see if he can find something Roman. It has made our Christmas,” Sonny’s mother Tracey told The Telegraph.
“It was caked in mud and Jem just thought it was a lump of metal and took it home … Sonny did become a little nervous with the arrival of the emergency services,” she added.
According to explosive’s experts from the Royal Air Force station at Wittering in Cambridgeshire the device is a 10-pound British practice bomb head from WWII.
Remarkably, the bomb head still had all of its original internal wiring and components, but experts said that it did not contain any explosive material. They revealed that the bomb head was probably used during practice bomb runs in England during WWII.
“We find a lot of bombs in Afghanistan with metal detectors, but we don’t tend to find them in the UK … we would urge members of the public to leave suspicious items,” Flight Lieutenant Donald Earl, an RAF Wittering spokesman, told the BBC.