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Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

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Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA
15:51 CEST+02:00
Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster.

The girls, Nane and Charlotte, were climbing on a pile of wood set to be the fire, when they found a 20-centimetre-long branch buried in the heap into which someone had drilled nine holes and inserted machine gun cartridges.

Police received a call on Thursday from a shooting club in Twistringen, Lower Saxony, to report the find. Such clubs are known for organizing Easter bonfires – a German tradition. The event was due to take place on the Sunday.

“Something like this does not happen by accident,” said Diepholz police spokesman Andrik Hackmann in a press statement. Officers believe that if the fire had been lit and the cartridges ignited, many people could have been badly injured.

By Tuesday, police had no clues or a suspect. Hackmann told the Bild newspaper that this Easter bonfire in past years had typically seen around 70 children attend.

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