Loud bang heard as bomb squad deal with unexploded WW2 device at housing development
Local residents heard a loud explosion as bomb squad was called to a WWII dud on Thursday afternoon.
The unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered Thursday (February 2) in a housing estate in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Police closed Churston Gardens in the Bellway Arcot development just after 11am and called a military bomb squad to deal with the device.
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Local residents reported being trapped in their homes and the road blocked as teams worked to dispose of the device.
A “massive” bang was heard around 3 p.m., with residents more than two miles away reporting hearing the blast.
Joanne, an employee of a telecom company whose road was closed, told The Northern Echo: “We were told by the police that they had found something. We were inside most of the day.
“About half an hour ago there was a massive explosion [at about 3pm].
“We had to pass [the dog] Frank over the fence to the neighbors so he can go for a walk.”
The police and military left the crime scene shortly after 3:30 p.m.
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A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Just after 11am today we received a call about a suspected dud from World War II located at an address in Churston Gardens, Cramlington.
“Officials and bomb disposal experts were at the scene and the road was closed while they worked to dispose of the item safely.”
A spokesman for Bellway, the homebuilder who owns the development, added: “Following the discovery of an unexploded device on Bellway’s premises at Arcot Manor in Cramlington, police and then a military team were called to dispose of the device safely.
“The safety of our residents, employees, contractors and the wider community remains our priority and we have worked with emergency medical services to keep everyone involved safe.”
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