The court received an indictment against two men who, on June 25, 2023, in a forest near Radom, set fire to a World War II missile, leading to its detonation. Residents of the Radom district were charged with possession of explosives. They face up to eight years in prison.
On December 12, the spokeswoman of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Radom, Agnieszka Borkowska, announced that the indictment had been submitted to the court.
The indictment concerns two residents of the Radom district, aged 29 and 33, who were charged with possession of explosives. According to the Penal Code, possession and use of an “explosive device” is punishable by imprisonment from six months to eight years.
Dozens of metal fragments were recovered at the scene
On June 25 this year, men found a bullet from World War II in the forest. They put it in a metal pot, poured it with a flammable substance and set it on fire. They recorded this moment on their phone, then left the burning bullet and went home.
When the detonation occurred, residents of nearby towns notified the services about a huge noise coming from the forest area in Wojsławice. Police officers were dispatched to the scene. Together with soldiers and firefighters, they secured the area around the explosion. Dozens of metal artillery shell fragments were recovered, some of which were embedded in trees.
According to the expert’s opinion, it was a 150 mm caliber bullet filled with a high-impact explosive in the form of TNT. The expert assessed that the detonation occurred not as a result of the fuze, but in connection with the missile being ignited.
A day later, government spokesman Piotr Müller commented on the issue of the explosion in the town of Wojsławice near Radom. He then pointed out that as soon as information appeared that there had been an explosion, in accordance with the adopted procedures, the following people were kept informed about it: the Prime Minister Mateusz MorawieckiDeputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw KaczynskiMinister of National Defence Mariusz BłaszczakMinister of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiński and the president Andrzej Duda.
The spokesman emphasized that, in accordance with procedures, the Operational Command of the Armed Forces verified whether there could have been any other event, e.g. an event related to some type of air operations. “However, such information has not been confirmed in any way, but has been verified again just in case,” Müller explained at the time.