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The Tedax neutralize a projectile lodged in the bell tower of the monastery of San Agustín de Belchite

Technicians specializing in the deactivation of explosive devices (Tedax) of the Civil Guard of Zaragoza removed and neutralized last Friday, February 25, an artillery projectile from the Civil War that was housed in the bell tower of the monastery of San Agustín in the old town of Belchite.

Specifically, it was a 105 mm caliber projectile, with its explosive charge intact, which was embedded in the wall some 12 meters high, possibly fired during the battle of Belchite occurred between August 24 and September 6, 1937according to sources from the Civil Guard.

It was firmly entrenched, so in order to be extracted, specific tools had to be used to chip away at the wall with the utmost care.

This action falls within the consolidation works of the aforementioned bell tower.

According to the same sources, so far this year, TEDAX specialists have deactivated a total of 17 explosive devices from the Civil War in the autonomous community of Aragon, of which 7 have been artillery shells, 7 hand grenades, 2 mortar grenades and 1 aviation bomb.

The danger of this type of device lies mainly in its handling since, for the most part, they keep the explosive charge intact. For this reason, the need for a finding is reiterated.

They neutralize a projectile that fell 85 years ago in a Belchite bell tower
They neutralize a projectile that fell 85 years ago in a Belchite bell tower
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Last January, members of the Tedax neutralized an aircraft bomb from the Civil War in the Zaragoza town of Maella. It was a resident of this town who warned the owner of the premises to be careful because a bomb had fallen in that place during a bombardment when he was six years old.

According to what he told her, Maella suffered a bombardment and one of the bombs fell on what was then her corral, but it did not explode. Later, that corral was covered and concrete was poured on the ground, so the artifact was hidden from view.

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