Bomb blast in Appin

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Sunday is usually a day of peace and quiet, perfect for a spot of gardening.

But those plans were shattered in Appin on June 12, after an unexploded World War II mortar bomb was unearthed at Kinlochlaich Garden Centre.

The explosive device, speculated to be a smoke round or flare from an old army barracks at the site, was dug up beside a military tin helmet and some bottles.

The garden centre was closed, as the bomb squad assessed the danger. Deeming it live, the disposal experts detonated the projectile in a nearby field.

The blast ejected mud, smoke and a muffled boom around the sleepy village, leaving a two foot square crater, a foot or more deep.

Keeping calm and carrying on, the garden centre opened again the next day. ‘Hopefully you can use the hole to plant a shrub,’ said one local.