Bomb disposal teams were called out when two unsuspecting school boys brought home a pair of second world war rocket heads.
The friends from Hawkinge discovered the unexploded ordinance while they were metal detecting in a field just a few hundred yards from home.
Army bomb experts told 12 year-old Kane Byrne and Alex Taylor that the weapons could have 'vapourised anything within 6 feet' if they had gone off.
The shells were first identified by Kane's grandfather, who had worked with the Royal Engineers bomb disposal team in the 1980s.
If they had been in another position and we had dug down we wouldn't be here today
The ordinance was removed for disposal by the bomb squad. The boys have been told to check with their parents first if they make any more unexpected discoveries.