An afternoon of metal detecting just off Day Road in Rockingham ended up delivering much more than Steven Jones bargained for on August 11, with police called after Mr Jones made a rather unexpected find.
Since taking up metal detecting as a hobby, Mr Jones has found some weird and wonderful items, but not many will compare with the 25-pound artillery shell he dug up metres away from the road.
After earlier finding an old Salvation Army badge which appeared to be from the 1920s or 1930s, Mr Jones unwittingly dug up the shell.
Erring on the side of caution, he called the police, who arrived promptly, with a bomb clearance team later getting involved.
Despite the danger the device was later deemed to be inert, but that didn’t stop Mr Jones from feeling like he had dodged a bullet.
“There was no way of telling if it’s explosive or not,” he said. “It was quite close to the road and if it was a live round it could have been dangerous. I’ve been calling them to try and see if I can keep it because apparently those sort of rounds technically aren’t dangerous once they’ve been made inert.”
Mr Jones has made several trips metal detecting across Rockingham, including around Point Peron.
He has also helped former Legislative Council member Phil Edman by donating items for historical displays.
While some of the items he digs up could hold significant monetary value, Mr Jones said he liked to keep his best finds.
“A lot of collectors are trying to get a hold of them but I try not to sell my finds because they are sentimental to me,” Mr Jones said.
“I did find a World War I dog tag the other day but it’s hard to read whose name is on it so it’s hard to hand it in or try and find the family.”
To follow Mr Jones’ metal detecting exploits visit “Stevo’s metal detecting and relic hunting” page on Facebook.
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