The explosive device was an approximately 80-year-old British-made “Mills bomb” hand grenade.

Among hundreds of muddy potatoes, a World War II-era grenade was picked up from a conveyor belt at a hot chip factory in New Zealand. According to Independenta bomb squad had to be called to the Mr Chips factory in Auckland after the explosive device was found among 28 tonnes of potatoes destined to be made into French fries.

The ancient grenade, which has since been confirmed to be a practice grenade containing no explosives, was reportedly unearthed during harvesting at a farm in the town of Matamata in New Zealand. Earlier this month, an alert night worker spotted the grenade rolling on a treadmill. This is notably the first sighting of a weapon in the factory’s 30-year history.

Quoting a news site Thingthe Independent reported that Richard Teurukura, the worker, was doing routine work finding stones in the delivery of 100,000 potatoes when he spotted the conveyor belt to look at the suspicious object. Mr Teurukura initially mistook the explosive device for a large rock, however, after dusting off excess mud from the object, he suspected it was something else. The worker then asked his colleague, who is an engineer, to confirm his suspicions, after which the area was cordoned off.

The grenade was reportedly isolated and placed on a concrete parking tie with the area around it restricted with tape. The police were then called, who then alerted the New Zealand Defense Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. After examining the device under an X-ray machine, the grenade turned out to be a dud, probably used for training purposes.

The explosive device was an approximately 80-year-old British-made “Mills bomb” hand grenade. It was widely used during World War II. According to IndependentMr Chips factory operations manager Roland Spitaels said it was the first weapon found at the factory in its 30-year history. He said the pomegranate initially looked like a “muddy potato”.

The grenade is now in the hands of the police and is being inspected. However, Mr Spitaels said he would eventually like to collect the device for the factory trophy room. It is worth mentioning that also previously there have been sightings of such pomegranates in potato fields in Europe in the past.


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