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Old 10 July 2018, 07:34 PM
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Crash Tourist brings unexploded WW2 shell to Vienna airport

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An American tourist brought an unexploded World War Two shell to Vienna airport in her luggage, Austrian police said on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old had found the bomb on Sunday while walking in the Dachstein mountains, according to police in Lower Austria state.
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Old 10 July 2018, 07:40 PM
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I wonder if she actually realized it was explosive when she took it. Since Americans don't have to deal with unexploded WWII ordinance on a regular basis she may have assumed it was just a solid hunk of metal, like a cannon ball.
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Old 10 July 2018, 08:14 PM
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Some people lack a little common sense. It's one thing to want to bring an empty brass shell back, but a loaded one?

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Old 10 July 2018, 08:52 PM
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I think she must not have realized it was explosive. The degree of cluelessness it would take, in the modern world, to walk into an airport with something one knew was explosive -- and then to declare it at the counter! -- is almost beyond belief. Assuming that it was just a hunk of inert metal is a whole lot more likely.

But then, I speak as a person who went something like the first sixty years of her life thinking that cannonballs were just heavy chunks of metal that were dangerous only because of their weight and because they got thrown at speed. This is true of some of them, but not all.


(Note: I found out otherwise by reading. Not by improper handling of cannonballs; with which my experience is pretty much limited to seeing them piled up at war memorials. Presumably the ones they do that with really are inert.)
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Assuming that it was just a hunk of inert metal is a whole lot more likely.
What's the fun or interest in bringing "an inert chunk of metal", though?

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What's the fun or interest in bringing "an inert chunk of metal", though?

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Because it's not just a random inert chunk of metal, it's a chunk of metal that she found while on vacation in Austria, and one that was fired from a big gun during a major war.
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one that was fired from a big gun during a major war.
That goes back to what I said, lack of common sense if you know that it was fired from a big gun.

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