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VIDEO: Young man narrowly avoids exploding mortar in park

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Barry Dwan with his grandson John who had a lucky escape after kicking, jumping on and handling a Second World War mortar shell.
LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Barry Dwan with his grandson John who had a lucky escape after kicking, jumping on and handling a Second World War mortar shell. Michael Cormack

A WARWICK man is lucky to be alive after he kicked, stood on and jumped on a WWII mortar shell at his property today.

John Dwan was driving into his grandfather Barry's property near Morgan Park in Warwick when he made the discovery, not knowing what it was.

"My dog jumped off the back of the ute and went up a track where kangaroos and cattle quite often go," John said.

"So I followed my dog up the track and discovered a tiny portion of the shell sticking out of the ground.

" I had no idea what it was so I dug it out, put it on the seat next to me and drove it up to pop."

Barry said he realised what it was almost immediately.

"He asked me if I knew what it was and it looked suspicious so I immediately put it on the ground," Barry said.

"I called Darren Tamblyn at the Warwick Police Station and he organised for the police and Army to come out and dispose of it."

Barry said he was glad to still have his grandson.

"The Army said he (John) was extremely lucky to still be alive," he said.

"They said it could have gone off with the slightest vibration and he drove over bumpy dirt tracks with it next to him."

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