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A woman who dug up a suspected bomb in her garden washed it in her sink before police were called and a controlled explosion was carried out.
Carole Longhorn struck the metal object with her spade while gardening at her home in Melton Constable, Norfolk.
Her husband, Clive, said: "I heard a rattle in the kitchen and saw she was washing it in the blooming sink."
The object, which is about 25cm long (10in) and thought to have been a World War II projectile, was blown up.
The object was driven to a nearby quarry and detonated.
"It was brilliant," Mr Longhorn said. "The ground shook - you could feel the shockwaves come across and bump into you.