I’ve got a problem with my arsenal, doc: Bomb Squad are called to A&E where patient turned up with two-inch-wide WWII shell lodged in his rectum which got there when he ‘slipped and fell on it during a clear-out’
- A man attended an NHS casualty unit with an artillery shell lodged in his rectum
- The man claimed the incident happened when he tripped and fell on the shell
- The MoD sent a bomb squad after receiving a request from local police officers
Army bomb squad technicians were sent to a hospital after a man arrived in casualty with a WWII anti-tank shell lodged into his rectum.
Medics called for specialist support after the man presented in the Accident and Emergency unit of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester when he could not remove the 57mm shell.
The military collector claimed he armour-piercing munition was from his private arsenal. He told medics the 80-year-old explosive device became lodged after he tripped and fell awkwardly.
The Army bomb squad were called to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester after a patient arrived with a 57mm artillery shell lodged in his rectum.
The bomb squad were sent to the hospital as a precaution in case the artillery shell was dangerous
A source told The Sun: ‘The guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear out of his stuff.
‘He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it — and it went up his a***.
‘He was in a considerable amount of pain. I think he collected military memorabilia.’
Police were called to the hospital as were the Army bomb squad.
A second source told The Sun: ‘It was a solid shot round. It was a chunky, pointed lump of lead designed to rip through a tank’s armour.
‘It was basically an inert lump of metal, so there was no risk to life — at least not to anyone else’s.’
A hospital spokesperson confirmed ‘relevant safety protocols’ were followed and there were no risks to staff, patients or visitors.
The MoD added they sent the bomb squad following a request from local police.