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Magnet fishers’ explosive find

Visiting magnet fishers found some unusual finds when they spent the day exploring the river bed at Osney today.

As well as a significant haul of scrap metal, their day’s ‘fishing’ also uncovered old hand grenades and an ancient musket grenade. Five of the grenades, thought to date from World War one were found to be live, resulting in the closure of the tow path while the bomb squad were called in to safely dispose of the items.

The magnet fishers represented a number of different clubs from the Midlands, including the Peaker Dippers, Dudley Dippers,  Northants Magnet Fishing and Rusty Nutz magnet fishing club.   Using large magnets to trawl the river bed, they spent the day unearthing items along the East Street side of the island.

Their other finds included two antique muff pistols,. These miniature guns were believed to date from the 1820s, and club members told us they can be often be found near old river side pubs.

grenade fished from the river bed (bottom right)

grenade fished from the river bed (bottom right)

Antique muff gun

Antique muff gun

 

Bomb squad in action

Bomb squad in action