Via SayUncle, we have a story from over in the UK of a puppy who dug up a .50 Caliber round.Â Now I don’t fault anyone for calling the police in this instance, because if you don’t have the means to dispose of it properly yourself, it shouldn’t really be thrown away in the trash.Â But this is nuts:
The incident happened at about 7pm on Tuesday and officers cordoned off the driveway to the farm, which also has a campsite and fishing lakes, pending the arrival of the bomb disposal unit. They retrieved the bullet and took it away for disposal.
Do we really need a cordon for a small arms cartridge?Â I mean, we’re not talking about explosive ordnance.Â Could none of the police who arrived on the scene properly identify a small arms cartridge?
Happily, the puppy suffered no ill effects. Mr Foster added: â€œI don’t know how many lives dogs have, but she must have used up about three!â€
He used up none.Â The puppy was never in any danger.Â There was never any danger.Â Quick pull of the bullet, empty powder, decap, and it’s off to recycling for the components.Â The powder can be rendered inert with water, burned, or sprinkled in the garden as fertilizer.Â I have to wonder whether there would have been the same kind of reaction here, or whether even among people who don’t own guns, there’s still enough cultural familiarity with firearms to know the difference between small arms ammunition and ordnance.Â Certainly I think the police would have, at most, sent an officer over to retrieve the round and bring it back to the station for disposal.Â No need for a dog and pony show.