A former soldier thought he brought home an old shell casing only to later realise that it was, in fact, a World War Two bomb.
Roy Loe, who served in the Royal Engineers for six years, found the 25lb relic off Kimmeridge during a kayaking trip at the weekend.
He “chucked it” in his kayak and dragged it across rocks around the Purbeck coast.
It was only once he arrived home that the 48-year-old realised it wasn’t full of sand, as he originally thought:
“I’m an ex-soldier, and our regiment dealt with explosives. So I stuck my thumbnail into the inside and realised, actually it could be plastic explosives.
“I called the police and said, ‘well I don’t quite know how to explain this but I’ve got a Second World War bomb sat on my ping pong table.’”
At first, police thought it was a prank call, but when Roy sent them a photo, it was only a matter of minutes before bomb disposal officers were at his door.
Dorset Police removed the shell, and a spokesman confirmed that it had not been packed with explosives.
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