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World War II bomb found on industrial estate

PUBLISHED: 15:22 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:21 11 August 2010

POLICE carried out a controlled explosion after shocked workers discovered a World War Two bomb on an industrial estate. The discovery came at around 8.30am on Saturday, May 10, when a mortar shell was found by employees of Hanson Aggregates in Chequers L

POLICE carried out a controlled explosion after shocked workers discovered a World War Two bomb on an industrial estate.

The discovery came at around 8.30am on Saturday, May 10, when a mortar shell was found by employees of Hanson Aggregates in Chequers Lane, Dagenham.

Emergency services were quickly alerted and police, ambulance and fire crews attended the scene.

The bomb was unearthed and lifted in a crane and explosive experts had to climb to the top of the crane to examine the shell.

One witness told the POST: "We thought there had been a big accident when the fire trucks and ambulance turned up.

"We saw people being ushered away from the site, a fireman told me that they had found a bomb and that it would have to be detonated."

A spokesperson for the police said: "At 8.30am we were called to Chequers Lane, Dagenham, after reports of a suspected device.

"We called in explosive experts who climbed to the top of a crane to investigate.

"It was still live and the decision was made to bury the device and make a controlled explosion.

"Only a few people had to be evacuated and the operation took place at minimal disruption to the public.


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