An investigation is underway into a military exercise in The Netherlands when Belgian and French soldiers allegedly handed out blank ammunition to children.
In an incident which the local mayor criticised the military as being too idiotic for words the soldiers are seen on CCTV giving the blanks they had left over to inquisitive youngsters. Blanks can explode if they are heated up. One local girl in Den Helder said: “They started shooting and you could just pick the unused bullets up. If you found bullets you were supposed to hand them in. But you could keep them and I took mine home.” Den Helder officials and police have recovered about 300 rounds. Now they are asking parents to hand in any more they find. Den Helder’s mayor said:” We’re angry about the conduct of the Belgian Army. We’ve told them so. We cannot tolerate this and it is a punishable offence and we will investigate.” The Netherlands police have launched an appeal to anyone finding more ammunition to hand it in immediately. Meanwhile the soldiers caught on camera face an inquiry and possible prosection.