Sitting in bars and discussing work is what we 'EOD' fellows enjoy best
! When over in France working with the De-Mineur I've heard several really terrifying storys. No tears are shed for idiots who kill themselves, but always for the innocents caught up in others stupidity. If they knew how they are viewed and the annoyance at the paperwork they create maybe they would think again, (or not).
One really special person I personnaly know of managed to get a large calibre shell (6" or above, (I think it was a 9.2")) to high order in his shed in the middle of a village. The blast leveled both the out buildings and his house completely which combined with the fragmentation caused considerable damage to his neighbours properties. This would be bad enough, but, the several thousand (and I do not exagerate) items of ammunition he had collected for years in the outbuildings were also spread throughout the village. It took the De-Mineur's several days before his neighbours could be allowed home! I've seen the pictures from that one and the devastation was incredibal.
I think his wake was attended by all his friends and held in the local phone box
I have seen the lump hammer and Mills grenade method done (back in the 80's). It is not an authorised nor advised Render Safe Procedure (RSP) though! Instead of a lump of PE, I have used about a foot of detonating cord as my my prefered method for years though. If the grenade is live it goes bang and disappears, and if it's inert then all the pieces stay in an area about 2M accross. It cuts down on fragmentation for the inert ones and therefore is a good thing. That's the remote safe version of hit it with something heavy. Hammer, Shell, hard surface - No, not for this call sign!!! That's tantermount to suicide. It's just another person looking to annoy me with the amount of paperwork they will cause!
Thankfully, this Forum takes this seriously and the attitude displayed by everyone I have encountered has been great.
Regards to all, I'm in Ypres area working from the 4th for a week or so, so if anyone sees someone getting irate about ammunition as souvenirs in the shops then say hello - it helps my blood pressure.