SPARKIES got a shock when they discovered an unexploded World War Two German pipe bomb in a loft in Balsall Common on Tuesday morning.
Electrical contractors stumbled across the live incendiary device as they re-wired a large detached house on Dockers Lane.
Solihull police secured the scene and called for bomb disposal experts who x-rayed the cylindrical shell, which was about 10 inches long.
Officers took the bomb to a nearby field off Barretts Lane, alerted air traffic control at Birmingham Airport, who imposed a low-fly exclusion zone over Balsall Common, and a controlled explosion was carried out shortly after 2pm.
Meriden Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant Tony Hanlon was at the scene.
He said: “One of our PCs is a former army man so he went into the loft to look over the find. 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 onto it as some sort of keepsake.
“However, as mementoes go, it was a pretty hazardous one!
“The device was packed inside a secure, explosive resistant box and escorted to a nearby field where it was buried in the ground, covered with sandbags and safely destroyed.
“We ensured no aircraft would be flying within 1,000-feet over the area. The controlled explosion could be heard for miles around.
“Disruption was kept to a minimum as the device was found in a large detached house so there was no need to evacuate other households or cordon off an extensive area.”