WW2 bomb discovery

WW2 Bomb Found To Be Live When Put Up For Sale On The Internet

A would-be buyer alerted the owner to the fact the bomb could be dangerous.

WW2 bomb discovery

The bomb was mistaken for an empty shell. (Picture: SWNS).

A woman who tried to sell a WW2 bomb off the internet for 99p was left surprised when a would-be buyer told her it was live and she had to call the bomb disposal team to destroy it.

Forty-nine-year-old Tracie Wright was forced to dial 999 when an eagle-eyed collector told her the German WW2 shell which her kids had been playing with could explode at any moment.

She thought she had bought an empty explosive shell and even planned to give it to one of her children to take to a school 'show and tell' lesson.

Tracie said: "To be honest, I didn't really know what it was when I found it. It looked like an empty shell from World War One or Two.

"When I got home we got it out of the box and I thought at first it was a bit of concrete.

"I stuck it on eBay and a collector got in touch and said it looked real and could be live.

"I thought 'Oh my God', because my kids had been playing with it and chucking it round."

Tracie found the item at a bottle of a box of collectables she bought from an auction and compared it to other items online.

The moment the bomb was detonated by a disposal team. (Pictures via SWNS).

The missile is believed to have dated back to between the two World Wars and could have possibly contained a tracer round of bullets.

This is a flammable material that ignites to produce a bright yet deadly trail of light towards a target.

An RAF Wittering spokesperson said:

"The item in question was subjected to a controlled detonation and we would remind the general public that explosives do not improve with age.

"If anybody finds something they are unsure about, do not touch the object, do not move it and call the police straight away."

Tracie Wright
Tracie Wright says her children had been playing with the bomb before she found out it could be dangerous. (Picture: SWNS).