8 June 2006


Gravediggers find huge WW1 bomb

By Patrick Mulchrone

TWO gravediggers feared death when their shovel hit a 2ft-long unexploded bomb.

Steve Shaw and Stephen Spedding thought at first it was a stone and kept on digging the 3ft-deep grave.

It wasn't until they teased the bomb out of the soil with a garden fork they discovered it was a Howitzer artillery shell.

The pair immediately called police and the army bomb squad was drafted in.

The graveyard was cordoned off and nearby residents ordered to keep their doors and windows shut.

Steve, boss at Torrisholme Cemetery in Morecambe, Lancs, said: "When we got it out of the grave we noticed it was cylindrical with a point and that it could be a bomb.

"You can't help think what could have happened. We were both in the grave moving it around and treating it as if it was a rock."

Bomb disposal experts discovered the shell - used in an eight-inch Howitzer gun - was not dangerous.

A spokesman said: "It's not been fired and there's no fuse. Inside it's empty apart from water."

Army bomb experts think the shell may have come from a nearby old munitions factory, built on what is now White Lund Industrial estate. It opened in 1916 -and exploded a year later.

Howitzers were used to bombard enemy trenches and communications lines during the two world wars.

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World War Two bomb found in Bristol
8th June 2006

City of Bristol, Avon.

A city centre ground to a halt today after workmen discovered a suspected Second World War bomb. The device was discovered by builders in Bristol carrying out a major development project in the city centre.

Police cordoned off two of the city's main thoroughfares, Bond Street and Newfoundland Street and evacuated shoppers from stores in Broadmead.

Routes around the city centre, including the M32 motorway, have also been closed.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "There is quite a lot of disruption. We have got what's believed to be a World War Two bomb at the end of the M32.

"It is causing problems but we have to take precautions in a situation like this." The Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been called to the scene to investigate the device.

Bristol city centre was extensively bombed by the Luftwaffe during the blitz in 1940. Police are advising motorists to use alternative routes and avoid the area.