Homeowner dug up live WW2 bomb in her garden

Homeowner dug up live WW2 bomb in her garden before scrubbing it with a Brillo pad thinking it was a Victoria relic before the army took it to the beach for a controlled explosion

  • Lulu Cirillo was digging out the roots of an old plant in her garden in Weymouth
  • She found the unexploded bomb – which at first she thought was old pottery
  • Miss Cirillo posted an image of the device online and was told it could be a bomb
  • The army then came to remove the bomb and carried out a controlled explosion 

A homeowner dug up a World War Two bomb and scrubbed it with a Brillo pad believing it to be a Victorian relic – before the army took it away for a controlled detonation. 

Lulu Cirillo, 49, was digging out the roots of an old plant in her garden in Weymouth, Dorset, when her spade struck the unexploded device eight inches below ground.

Miss Cirillo didn’t know what it was at first and threw it to one side before taking it inside her terraced home.

She cleaned it in her kitchen sink using a knife and a scourer thinking it could have been some historic pottery, and it was only when she posted a picture on Facebook that she realised it was probably a wartime bomb.

Horrified, Miss Cirillo carefully carried the explosive device to the far end of her garden where she left it while she called the police.

Lulu Cirillo, 49, was digging out the roots of an old plant in her garden in Weymouth, Dorset, when her spade struck the unexploded device eight inches below ground

Miss Cirillo didn’t know what it was at first and threw it to one side before taking it inside her terraced home

Specialists from the Army’s bomb disposal squad arrived and took it to the nearby beach to carry out a controlled explosion.

They told Miss Cirillo, a hotel worker, it had been a fully loaded explosive that had not been detonated.

It is thought Miss Cirillo’s home was close to an anti-aircraft battery that defended the nearby naval base at Portland during the war.

The 2ft long device would have been aimed at Luftwaffe bombers that flew overhead.

Miss Cirillo said: ‘I just wanted to dig out the roots of an old mint plant in my garden but I could’ve blown myself up.

‘I dug about eight inches down when I hit something hard with my shovel.

The army in Miss Cirillo’s garden investigating the bomb. Miss Cirillo said: ‘I just wanted to dig out the roots of an old mint plant in my garden but I could’ve blown myself up’

‘I just assumed it was a large stone or something and threw it to one side without really looking.

‘It was only when I saw it properly that it was silver. I have a Victorian garden so I thought it might be a bit of pottery or something.

‘I took it inside and scraped it clean in my sink but still had no idea what it was.

‘After a lot of people came back to me on Facebook telling me what it probably was I walked very slowly outside with it and put it as far away from the house as I could.’

She added: ‘When the army guys arrived they were lying on the floor looking at carefully and there was me with my Brillo pad giving it a scrub thinking it’d be something I could take on the Antiques Roadshow.

‘I’ve been told it would have been used to shoot at German planes flying overhead which suggests my house may have been a base for that sort of thing.’

Miss Cirillo lives with her pet Shih Tzu dog Cica who was in the house at the time she found the bomb.

A spokesman for Dorset police said: ‘We received a report at 5.12pm on May 2 that a possible explosive device had been located in the garden of a property in Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth.

‘A cordon was put in place as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team attended to examine the device.

‘Officers accompanied the EOD team to Weymouth Beach and a cordon was put in place for the safety of the public as a controlled explosion was carried out shortly before 9pm.’

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