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Dutch Warned Don't 'Lie Down On Bomb' After WWII Shell Discovery

Authorities have had to issue a warning for people not to lie on bombs, after one man decided to do exactly that.

The man discovered an explosive from the second World War while he was gardening on Wednesday evening, in the Dutch town of Venlo, 50 kilometres from the city of Eindhoven.

Initially, he covered it with sand -- but when  he heard it whistling, he decided to cover it with his body, lying on top of it for three hours in the freezing cold.

It was just two degrees in Venlo on Wednesday night.

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He reportedly wanted to minimise the damage to the surrounding area if the device, described as a grenade or shell, were to explode.

Talk about taking one for the team.

The man was gardening in the Dutch city of Venlo. Image: Google Maps.

Spokesperson for Dutch security services told the Agence France-Presse that the man then realised he was in a bit of a pickle.

Would the bomb explode if he moved?

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He called emergency services from his mobile phone -- while presumably remaining very, very still.

About 100 residents in the nearby areas were evacuated, but the bomb disposal team didn't arrive to free the man until about 1am local time on Thursday morning.

The man lied down on top of the bomb. Image: Getty Images.

The team ruled the device was completely harmless, and luckily no one was injured.

The man however, was taken to hospital and treated for hypothermia, according to the BBC.

Security services spokeswoman Veronique Klaassen told Agence France-Presse that residents have been advised not to use their bodies to prevent bomb explosions.

"It is strictly ill-advised to lie down on a bomb. The best thing to do if you come across an explosive device is keep your distance and call the police," she said.

Featured Image: Getty Images. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au