EXCLUSIVE: Drama as World War Two bomb detonated at Hatfield House

PUBLISHED: 10:31 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 15 May 2015

Reg Coleman

Reg Coleman

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An explosion was carried out in the grounds of Hatfield House after a pensioner asked police how best to dispose of a World War Two bomb.

The bomb that was in Reg Coleman's greenhouse for 30 yearsThe bomb that was in Reg Coleman's greenhouse for 30 years

Reg Coleman spoke to officers as he had become increasingly worried about the unexploded device, which he has owned for 30 years.

PC Dave Murray and PCSO Lynn Fedarb went to the 86-year-old’s Birchwood Avenue home to have a look – and quickly called the bomb squad.

Although assured when he bought it that the bomb – which is believed to have been dropped from a German plane – had been defused, experts were not so sure.

Mr Coleman told the WHT he had walked into the Hatfield Hub, in White Lion Square, shortly before noon on Wednesday.

He said: “I bought it from a jumble sale, and I was assured it had been diffused.

“It was a wartime memento, that’s why I bought it.

“I’d had it in the greenhouse for about 30 years.”

But he said after reading a piece in the WHT a few weeks ago about a World War Two hand grenade causing a scare in Essendon, he resolved to dispose of it.

“After seeing the previous article I wanted to get rid of it,” Mr Coleman said.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers were called to the scene.

PC Dave Murray told the WHT: “My colleague and I were in the town centre hub when he (Mr Coleman) asked how he would dispose of it.

“It was very much a case of needing to see it quickly.

“We went there and called the EOD.

“It’s very lucky, it could have gone off.”

A team from the Royal Logistic Corp bomb disposal team was called, and the device was whisked away to an area on the grounds of Hatfield House, which was cordoned off.

“They were happy for us to do it when we explained what was happening,” said PC Murray.


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