A 45-year-old woman was using an unexploded bomb as a vase from last 30 years without realising that it was still live. Mother of two and a school careers adviser had found the shell when she was 15 in her school days and since from that time using it as an ornament. She was unaware of the fact that bomb is still alive until she saw a documentary featuring World War I bombs that had been dropped on nearby Coventry by German zeppelins.
"It's funny to think that I had it on my mantelpiece the entire time - it's just become a part of my family now" - she said.
"I have had the shell on the mantelpiece for three decades now and even took it to university. I used to stick plastic roses out of the top of it when I was dancing around to Madonna. Luckily my husband Chris just thought it was funny," she was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
"I used to unscrew it and put the flowers out of the top. It's really heavy to hold and has some writing that looks like it could be German around the top. I took it into school to show the kids - they loved it," Rawlins said.
Rawlins had called the police, and experts were brought in to remove safely the explosive before the vase was handed back to her.