(NORFOLK, England) — The parents of a 7-year-old boy who was given a metal detector for Christmas may be regretting their choice of gift after he found a World War II “practice bomb” the first time he used it.
Sonny Carter found the bomb after sweeping the area on Roydon Common, King’s Lynn, with his parents and brother, BBC News reports. The family immediately called emergency personnel when they realized what the device was.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) bomb disposal squad removed the 11.5-pound bomb, which contained no explosives, from the premises, BBC reports.
An RAF spokesperson said, according to BBC, that practice bombs were used to follow the trajectory of a larger bomb, “but at reduced cost and without the damage caused by the normal weapon.”
As for Sonny, he says he hopes to find treasure next time around instead of a bomb.
“I was very scared and frightened,” he told BBC.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN