Homes were evacuated, an entire stretch of motorway was closed and a no-fly zone was implemented after a WWII unexploded bomb was discovered in a housing development in East Yorkshire.
On Saturday, the army was preparing to detonate the 500-pound (227 kg) device at Goole after it was found Thursday. Eight homes were evacuated and the M62 was closed in both directions between junctions 35 and 37.
Police said the detonation was expected to occur after 1.30pm.
Humberside police said they responded to reports of an “unexploded WWII bomb [that] found himself in a new housing development on Rawcliffe Road, Goole ”at 11:45 am on Thursday. People living in the area were advised to stay indoors after 8 pm and businesses in the cordoned off area were asked to close.
A statement read: “Colleagues from the explosive ordnance disposal team, who have been at the scene since last night, have now confirmed that the device is active and are making plans to detonate the bomb safely within the next 24 hours. All the people in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. “
John Sharpe, the site manager of the Beal Homes development, said workers called him Thursday to say they had discovered what they thought was a metal pipe.
A worker came down to look at it, and “when he uncovered it he realized it was a bomb and it came out pretty quickly,” Sharpe told the BBC.
He said the bomb is believed to have been dropped by a Lancaster bomber in a forced landing.
A section of the A614 and several secondary roads were closed and a no-fly zone was implemented.
The discovery also led to the cancellation of Goole’s parkrun, which was supposed to return for the first time on Saturday since the coronavirus pandemic.
Police warned there would be travel disruptions in the area for most of Saturday.