Stotfold street cordoned off due to unexploded bomb fears
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Police were called to Stotfold this afternoon amid concerns an unexploded bomb had been found by builders.
The whole of Regent Street was cordoned off at about 1.40pm after a cylinder was found in a resident's garden, feared to be an unexploded bomb.
Michael Brookes, who lives in Baldock and runs M.K Brookes Driveways, was one of the builders who made the discovery.
He told the Comet: "We were doing some work for a customer and we came across what we thought could be a bomb. The police response was good, they came out and closed the roads all around. We did panic a bit when we came across it."
Mr Brookes said he was told that the item was actually an Oxyacetylene steel cylinder, used in welding.
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"Because of the size of it, if it was a bomb I was told the cordon would be massive - 200m in diameter - so we're thankful it wasn't a bomb," he added.
A Beds Police spokesperson said: "We were called today at around 1.40pm to a report of what was believed to be unexploded device found in a back garden of an address of Regent Street, Stotfold.
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"Officers attended and a cordon and road closures were put in place as a precaution. The device was found to be a gas cylinder and the scene has since been stood down."