Bomb disposal experts rushed to a former war veteran’s house after a Nazi shell was found – in his LOFT.
The live unexploded pipe bomb was discovered in the roof space by electricians who were re-wiring the property.
The World War Two bomb, which measured 10in (25cm), is believed to have been kept by the man, who no longer lived in the house, as a souvenir.
Army bomb teams rushed to the house in Balsall Common, near Coventry, after it was discovered on Tuesday afternoon.
They confirmed it was a live bomb and carried out a controlled explosion in a nearby field.
Sergeant Tony Hanlon, from West Midlands Police, said: ”One of our Pcs is a former Army man so he went into the loft to look over the find and he suspected it was an explosive of some sort.
”We believe a former war veteran used to live in the house so may have been holding on to it as some sort of keepsake.
”However, as mementoes go, it was a pretty hazardous one.”
Army bomb disposal experts x-rayed the cylindrical shell and confirmed it was a live incendiary device.
A low-fly exclusion zone was imposed over Balsall Common while the explosion was carried out at around 2pm.
No one living nearby was evacuated.