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The Civil Guard deactivates an artillery shell and removes two inert mortar grenades (26/07/2019)

of caliber found in the irrigation raft of an agricultural farm in El Algar-Cartagena |

The two mortar grenades were found in the basement of a Fortuna house

In case of finding artifacts, a simple protocol is recommended to citizens: DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT MOVE, SIGNAL AND NOTICE 062

Murcia, July 26, 2018. The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, thanks to citizen collaboration, has deactivated an artillery projectile found in the irrigation raft of an agricultural farm in El Algar and has seized two grenades from mortar, inert, in the basement of a Fortuna house.

The first action took place in the Cartagena deputation of El Algar, when employees of an agricultural farm alerted the Benemérita of the location of an artillery device in the irrigation pond.

Immediately, a Civil Guard prevention patrol of the Civil Guard moved to the site, verified the discovery of the explosive material and communicated it to the Group of Specialists in Explosives Deactivation (GEDEX).

The GEDEX agents of the Benemérita arrived at the place of the incident and took over the artifact, an artillery projectile, 75 mm.

of caliber, which was in perfect condition.

The agents transferred him, with the corresponding security measures, to a safe place where he was deactivated.

Also the result of citizen collaboration, in this case in the town of Fortuna, a British citizen warned of the discovery of two mortar grenades in the basement of his home.

As in the previous case, the Benemérita activated the protocol provided for these cases and verified the finding.

GEDEX specialists seized two 81 and 50 mm mortar grenades.

caliber, inert, without explosive charge or fuze.

Inert artifacts for collecting

These inert artifacts, empty of their explosive and without fuze, have a similar appearance to when they were active and are often the object of desire for collectors.

In any case, the specialist staff is the one to assess this circumstance, so it is recommended that citizens treat them, always, as if they were real.

Citizen collaboration

In these situations, the collaboration of citizens is key to locate the devices and thus avoid their manipulation and subsequent accident, so that they can finally be guarded, deactivated and destroyed with the mandatory security measures.

Safety recommendations

In the case of being faced with an abandoned object that may be suspected of being an explosive, incendiary or pyrotechnic device, the Civil Guard recommends citizens to follow the following instructions:

Give real consideration to any object that looks like an explosive device that is foreign to the environment it is in.

Do not touch or move the object.

Call the emergency number immediately: 062, which the Civil Guard has available 24 hours a day, so that they can be neutralized and safely destroyed by specialists in the field.

If possible, remain in the vicinity of the site until the arrival of the Security Forces and Bodies.

Otherwise, indicate the area or provide the coordinates through a program or GPS tracking application, very common today in some mobile phones.


Any type of manipulation could have fatal consequences.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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