Man hides mortar shell in apartment building
5 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man, 25, has confessed to taking an unexploded mortar round from a building site in the Dutch coastal town of Velsen.
5 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — A man, 25, has confessed to taking an unexploded mortar round from a building site in the Dutch coastal town of Velsen.
He came forward on Tuesday in response to a police warning that the device, dating from World War II, was potentially lethal.
The man admitted he took the shell on a 40-kilometre journey to his apartment in Hillegom and hid it in the building's storage area.
The 20-centimetre long and 10-centimetre wide mortar shell was uncovered on Monday during building work in Velsen-Noord, near to IJmuiden, home to steel-maker Hoogovens.
On the advice of experts, the device was covered over with soil and the area fenced off. The theft was discovered on Tuesday morning, when a bomb disposal team from the Explosieven Opruimingscommando (EOC) was due to deal with it.
A police spokesperson said the fences placed around the mortar shell apparently sparked the young man's curiosity. The EOC was preparing on Tuesday afternoon to make the device safe.
Unexploded bombs and mortar shells are regularly uncovered during building work in the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news