Artillery shell left on doormat
21 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — It is unclear if it was well intentioned or not, but police officers are reportedly not thrilled about a bizarre present they have received.
21 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — It is unclear if it was well intentioned or not, but police officers are reportedly not thrilled about a bizarre present they have received.
Sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, somebody left a high-explosive artillery shell on the doormat of their station in the small community of Haaksbergen.
A bomb disposal team, EOD in Dutch, removed the shell on Thursday morning and destroyed it in a controlled explosion.
The detonation left an enormous crater, a police spokesperson said.
The person or persons who brought the shell to the police station, the spokesperson said, put themselves at great risk. Officers in Haaksbergen in Overijssel province have indicated they would like whoever was involved to come forward.
Earlier this month, three crew members on a Dutch fishing boat were killed when the vessel's nets scooped up a explosive device from World War II. The shell exploded when it fell on the deck.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news