Homes have been evacuated, an entire stretch of motorway closed and a no-fly zone implemented after an unexploded second world war bomb was discovered on a housing development in east Yorkshire.
The army was on Saturday preparing to detonate the 500lb (227kg) device in Goole after it was found on Thursday. Eight homes were evacuated and the M62 closed in both directions between junctions 35 and 37.
Police said the detonation was expected to take place after 1.30pm.
Humberside police said they responded to reports of an “unexploded WW2 bomb [that] had been found at a new housing development on Rawcliffe Road, Goole” at 11.45am on Thursday. Those living around the area were advised to remain indoors from 8pm and businesses in the cordoned area asked to close.
A statement said: “Colleagues from the explosive ordnance disposal team, who have been onsite since late last night, have now confirmed that the device is live and are making plans to safely detonate the bomb within the next 24 hours. All persons in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.”
John Sharpe, the site manager of the Beal Homes development, said workers called him on Thursday to say they had discovered what they thought was a metal pipe.
A worker went down to look at it, and “as he uncovered it he realised it was a bomb and got out pretty quickly”, Sharpe told the BBC.
He said the bomb was believed to have been dropped by a Lancaster bomber in a crash landing.
The #M62 remains closed in both directions between J35 (#M18) and J37 (#Howden) due to the ongoing multi-agency incidents involving an unexploded WW2 bomb near #Goole. Incident being led by @Humberbeat. Diversion info attached: pic.twitter.com/Ja5zRMcyfX
— Highways England (@HighwaysYORKS) July 24, 2021
A section of the A614 and several minor roads were closed and a no-fly zone 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 disruption in the area for most of Saturday.