David and Karen couldn’t believe their children had been so close to a bomb (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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A mum has been left horrified after accusing her husband of being a 'drama queen' over his over his World War 2 discovery, only to find out he had actually found an unexploded bomb – which they'd been playing with next to his kids.

David and Karen Hibbert had been enjoying a picnic at Thorseby Park in Newark, Nottinghamshire, with their two children, nine-year-old Bethany and six-year-old Jessica, when David found the unidentified object next to the river.

The excited 40-year-old rushed up the river bank to show his wife the discovery, but he was disappointed when Karen told him she thought it was simply a children's toy and forced him to put it back where he found it.

The family were enjoying a picnic when David made the discovery
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

"My husband had gone in with the children while I was sat setting the picnic up," Karen recalled.

"He said 'you don't think this is ammunition, do you? It looks like a bomb'. Cue the eye roll – my husband is a little more dramatic than I am about situations. I said 'of course it's not'. I thought it was one of those kids toys that you throw on the beach that makes a whistling noise."

After picking it up and examining it herself, Karen decided it was just a 'grimy' kids' toy and urged her husband to put it back, but David disagreed.

The dad placed the item back down on the grass and gave it a playful kick, before sitting down the enjoy the rest of his picnic with the family.

Karen was convinced the WW2 bomb was a toy
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

"He put it back at the side of the river and as I was getting the kids out, he gave it a little kick and said 'look, it sounds like metal, it's no kids toy'. I said 'just ignore it David, you've got a great imagination' rolling my eyes," she continued.

"We came back and had a picnic about 10ft away from where we left it. We ate, continued to play, continued to fish, then left for the day."

However, Karen was left red-faced and horrified when she noticed a post on Thoresby Park's Facebook page stating a controlled explosion had taken place on her husband's historic find.

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"We would like to express our thanks to the Nottinghamshire Police and 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Regiment RLC for safely disposing of this remnant from our days as an army base in the early hours of this morning," the post read.

"If you do ever discover any ammunition whilst on the estate, please do not touch it and alert a member of the team at the Courtyard who will notify the relevant authorities to dispose of it safely."

Embarrassed Karen wasn't sure whether to confess to her husband that he'd been wrong, after mocking him over something which turned out to be so serious.

Karen was left red-faced after spotting the post on Facebook
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

She said: "It's unbelievable. I took the mickey out of David for hours afterwards. I told our friends 'you'll never guess what he thought he saw'.

"You couldn't write it, it's comedy slapstick really. It could have been really serious, but it wasn't.

"I felt embarrassed I'd taken the mick out of him over something so serious, it could've taken the lot of us out.

"The moral of the story is don't mock your husband. All of the times I've accused him of being a drama queen and eye-rolled, and now he's basking in the glory that all of Facebook knows he was right.

"I'm hoping this will warn others not to pick these up, we sat beside it for another two hours."

Karen and David later discovered that Thoresby Hall, where they had been enjoying their picnic, had previously been an old army base during the Second World War, meaning some of the training exercises had taken place there.

The family are now warning others to be cautious around any unidentified objects they discover while out and about this summer.

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