Bomb squad technicians rushed to A&E after a patient was admitted with a mortar shell stuck in his buttocks.
Troops from the 11th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment rushed to the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital after being told by police “a patient had presented with ammunition in his rectum”.
The man was said to be an army enthusiast who found the shell while cleaning, but somehow he “tripped” and fell on the 57 artillery piece. mm, Reports live from Gloucestershire.
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The mortar shell was used by the Royal Artillery during World War II as an anti-tank shell, although it was later also used by British tanks in North Africa.
These cartridges are 57mm (2.2 inches) in diameter and 170mm (6.7 inches) in length.
The Defense Ministry said: “We can confirm that an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been called to Gloucestershire at the request of the local police.”
A Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team visited the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital yesterday.
“As with any incident involving ammunition, relevant safety protocols were followed to ensure that there is no risk to patients, staff or visitors at any time.”
The patient is discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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