Faced with the hobby’s rising popularity, the authority has recently made police across France aware of the dangers.
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Equipped with powerful magnets, history enthusiasts and environmentalists scour France's rivers, pulling out bits of scrap metal, bikes, scooters and the odd kitchen appliance.Magnet fishing has fast become a popular pastime, according to public safety officials, but French authorities have clamped down over fears that historical battle sites could still harbor active weapons.As in other countries, participants in France tie a supermagnet to a rope and drop it into waterways, partly for treasure hunting, partly for environmental reasons.Faced with the hobby's rising popularity in the last nearly two years, including under the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in central Paris, the authority has recently made police across France aware of the dangers.Two young magnet fishers in the Somme at the end of July also hauled out a phosphorus grenade, which irritated their eyes, police said.'Good for the planet' Gressier said that his group had hauled out one active shell and hundreds of rusty weapons but knows what to do in that case.
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