Bomb Squad Called To Hospital ER After Man ‘Slips & Falls’ Lodging WWII Shell In His Rectum

A bomb squad had to be called out to the ER of a hospital in Gloucestershire in the UK after a man turned up with a World War II shell lodged inside his backside. Members of the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital because medics worried that the 57mm shell could explode inside the man’s body if they didn’t seek help. Thankfully, it seems everyone escaped unharmed.

  1. The man claimed he “slipped and fell.” How does a 6cm projectile from WWII end up lodged inside a man’s rectum? Well, according to the man himself, he “slipped and fell” on the item and it got stuck. He tried to remove it himself but realized he couldn’t so was forced to seek help. Hmm… sounds suspect, but okay!
  2. The man was in quite a lot of pain. As you can imagine, getting a projectile stuck up your bum is only fun in certain occasions, and this wasn’t one of them. A source told The Sun: “The guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear-out of his stuff. He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it — and it went up his a**e. He was in a considerable amount of pain. I think he collected military memorabilia.”
  3. Doctors managed to remove it before the bomb squad arrived. Thankfully, the man didn’t have to have a whole group of explosives experts looking up his back passage. It was already out when they arrived. “It was a solid shot round. It was a chunky, pointed lump of lead designed to rip through a tank’s armor. It was basically an inert lump of metal, so there was no risk to life — at least not to anyone else’s,” a defense source remarked.
  4. The man could have died had things gone differently. The shell could have pierced the man’s gut, for instance, which could have been a fatal injury. He was very lucky that didn’t happen, but it was still a very memorable occasion for those working at the hospital. “The range of objects that are pushed into rectums is incredible, from wine glasses to ketchup bottles and parts of hoovers,” Dr. Carol Cooper said. “Sadly, it is an everyday occurrence in A&E — but I have never heard of the bomb squad being called out before.”
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