A bomb squad was called to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in England on Wednesday after a patient arrived with a World War II munition “stuck inside” him, reported the BBC.
According to Unilad, the man—a purported collector of military memorabilia—claimed that he “slipped and fell” on a mortar shell that was sitting on his floor. Unfortunately, the shell got “lodged inside his rectum,” and he “sought medical assistance after realizing he couldn’t get it out.”
Upon arrival, he was admitted to the hospital’s Accidents and Emergencies (A&E) department, said Gloucestershire Live. There, medical staff called experts from an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, out of fear that the object might explode, reported Unilad.
“It was a solid shot round. It was a chunky, pointed lump of lead designed to rip through a tank’s armor,” said a source, according to Unilad. “It was basically an inert lump of metal, so there was no risk to life—at least not to anyone else’s.”
Gloucestershire Live further explained that the mortar round “was used by the Royal Artillery in the Second World War as anti-tank rounds, though it would later also be used by British tanks in North Africa.”