French farmer finds WWII weapons inside tree

12th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

BRIVE, France, March 12 (AFP) - A cache of World War II grenades and explosives was found hidden inside the trunk of a tree by a French farmer who was preparing to cut it down, police said Friday.

BRIVE, France, March 12 (AFP) - A cache of World War II grenades and explosives was found hidden inside the trunk of a tree by a French farmer who was preparing to cut it down, police said Friday.

The farmer was using his chainsaw on a dead chestnut tree by the side of the road in village of Chaillac, central France, when it hit a metal box concealed inside.

Police experts were called and found two boxes of ammunition, including sticks of explosives and detonators, which they presume were hidden by French resistance members.

"If the saw had hit the explosives the whole thing could have gone up," a police officer said.

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