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Student brought World War II bomb shell to show-and-tell — and then the bomb squad detonated it


Student brought in a World War II-era bomb shell to Kingsacre Primary School in Braunton, Devon on Jan. 16. (smolaw11 / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A primary school class in the U.K. had an explosive show-and-tell experience when one student brought in a World War II-era bomb shell.

Along with the explosive — which was believed to be deactivated — the student brought in a number of medals to the class at Kingsacre Primary School in Braunton, Devon, on Jan. 16, police confirmed to ITV. The items were displayed to a class of 9- and 10-year-olds, but they were not touched or passed around.

All of the materials belonged to the student’s grandfather, who served in the war.

The next day, according to the report, the grandfather returned to the school to pick up the items and began to question whether the device had actually been deactivated. As a precaution, he carried it to the Barnstaple police station in the trunk of his car and surrendered it.

The Devon and Cornwall Police called on the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) to detonate it.

Kingsacre headteacher Claire Cole says that in the future the school will exercise more precaution for show-and-tell day.

“Clearly we will need to review our procedures for show-and-tell and what is brought into school,” Cole told ITV.