Pigs unearth bomb on Wiltshire farm

Army bomb disposal experts have today (15 May) detonated a First World War bomb that was unearthed by a herd of pigs on a farm in Wiltshire.

Members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal department were apparently called to the field between Devizes and Calne, in Wiltshire, last night to examine the object after farmer Cameron Naughton and his colleague John Russ, from West End Farm, near Bishops Cannings, discovered the bomb.

Mr Naughton told the Wiltshire Gazette: “John Russ and myself were attending the pigs when John noticed the mortar one of the pigs had rooted up. Having had TA training he said ‘I think you’ve got a bomb here, Cameron’ and we called the police immediately. The pigs have dug up all kinds of stuff over the years. I am just glad that a tractor or a plough didn’t drive over it.”

Disposal experts sandbagged the bomb and closed off the road between the A361 and the A4 last night, before returning this morning to detonate the device.

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