Controlled explosion carried out on bomb discovered in Letchworth shed

A police cordon was put up at The Grange Recreation Ground before a controlled explosion was carried

A police cordon was put up at The Grange Recreation Ground before a controlled explosion was carried out by a bomb disposal team. - Credit: Archant

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a bomb which was found in a Letchworth shed this morning.

A member of the bomb disposal team sets to work.

A member of the bomb disposal team sets to work. - Credit: Archant

Police were alerted at about 9.20am after a member of the public discovered what is believed to be a mortar bomb at a house in Danescroft.

Bomb disposal team were called to investigate and took the bomb to The Grange Recreation Ground, where a cordon was put up before experts detonated the explosive device at 1.20pm.

The Comet was speaking to a female eyewitness over the telephone when the mortar bomb was detonated.

Two of the team after the controlled explosion was carried out.

Two of the team after the controlled explosion was carried out. - Credit: Archant

She said: “The bomb has just been detonated and as you can hear it’s made a terrific noise.

“It’s set my dogs off, and all you can see is thick black and grey smoke.

“The noise has got my heart racing – you don’t come across something like this everyday do you?

One of the unit at the scene in Letchworth.

One of the unit at the scene in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

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“I saw at least three soldiers in army fatigues near the bomb, as well as police officers who closed the park off to dog walkers.

“My goodness it was a loud explosion. A policeman said to me earlier it was a 100-year-old bomb so it could have been an armaments shell from the First World War. I’m not sure if the Germans dropped any bombs around here – but you never know.”

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