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Live Bomb Causes Chaos After Being Discovered Near Motorway

by : Emily Brown on :
Live Bomb Causes Chaos After Being Discovered Near MotorwayJohn Fenwick/Facebook/PA

Homes have been evacuated and a road had to be closed after a live bomb was discovered near the M62 motorway in the UK. 

The bomb, which is determined to have been left behind from WWII, was discovered at a housing development on Rawcliffe Road, Goole, on Thursday morning, July 22.

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After it was found, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team were called to the scene and confirmed the 500lb (227kg) device was live, prompting the decision to detonate it in a controlled explosion.

Humberside police put an extended cordon in place and closed both the east and westbound carriageways of the M62 between junctions 35 and 37 last night in order to allow the team to complete the work they needed to do before detonating the bomb.

Meanwhile, eight homes nearby were evacuated to ensure the safety of the residents, and a section of the A614 was also closed along with a number of minor roads. A no-fly zone above the area was also imposed, with the road closures remaining in place until after the detonation of the device.

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Anyone living or staying in the wider surrounding area was asked to stay indoors from 8.00pm BST on Friday, with businesses asked to close until it was certain the device was no longer a danger.

Disruption was minimised due to the fact that not many people had yet moved in to the new housing development where the bomb was found, but a police spokesperson cited by BBC News assured that officers would continue to update the public on the situation.

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The spokesperson added that they ‘ask that people avoid the area until we are able to bring the incident to a safe conclusion’.

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As of 10.00am BST Saturday morning, emergency services were still in place in the area and roads remained closed.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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    WWII bomb on Goole housing development to be detonated