Bomb disposal team carries out controlled explosion in Stevenage after ‘Second World War hand grenade’ is found in shed

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Steve

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. Picture: Ben Williams - Credit: Archant

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion in Stevenage this evening after a suspected Second World War hand grenade was found in a shed.

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Steve

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. Picture: Ben Williams - Credit: Archant

Police were called to Hydean Way at 1.15pm this afternoon after the suspected grenade was discovered, with a specialist explosive ordnance disposal unit also heading to the scene to assess the device.

They took it to Fairlands Valley Park, where a force spokeswoman said they carried out a controlled explosion this evening.

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Steve

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. Picture: Ben Williams - Credit: Archant

There were two detentions, which eyewitness Ben Williams told the Comet was because “the first detonation was only partial – they completed a second, which was all that was needed”.

Former special constable Ben said: “I’d been over in the field about 20 minutes prior walking the dog, and saw all the police there.

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Steve

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. Picture: Ben Williams - Credit: Archant


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“Bomb disposal drove past as I left, but they were awaiting the council to open the barriers. I took the dog home and went back and they’d closed the park off and moved people back.

“The explosions were pretty loud – there was no warning that they were about to complete the explosions and a lot of black smoke was seen for a short while after.”

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Steve

The bomb disposal team about to carry out the controlled explosion at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. Picture: Ben Williams - Credit: Archant

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The park was completely closed to the public while the device was dealt with, and reopened just before 8.30pm.

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