The British Army's Royal Engineers were called out after a WWII bomb was found near Goole, East Yorkshire. They destroyed the bomb with a controlled explosion. The 500lb bomb was discovered bya member of the public with a metal detector. The nearby M62 motorway was closed, and nearby houses evacuated. The bomb is a British bomb that fell there after an air accident in 1944. Over 60 years after the War, WWII is still putting lives at risk in Britain....

M-way closed for bomb detonation

The bomb was detonated safely by the British Army

Part of the M62 motorway was closed while army experts detonated an unexploded World War II bomb.

The 500lb (227kg) device was found in a field at Balkholme, near Goole in East Yorkshire, by metal detector enthusiast Phil Stead.

The bomb was detonated at 1200 GMT and the M62 had to be closed between junction 37 and junction 38 to ensure public safety. It has since reopened.

An army bomb disposal team has been at the site all week.

The B1230 remains closed between Howden and the turn-off for the village of Eastrington, where there is a memorial to the air crews who carried the bomb.

Mound of debris

More than 60 years ago two Halifax bombers collided in the field, leaving behind the device.

The 500lb bomb was photographed when it was unearthed

Police cars and roadblocks prevented traffic from entering the local area while the detonation took place.

Onlookers witnessed a large plume of smoke, followed by a bang, as the bomb exploded, leaving a mound of debris between 20ft and 30ft (6m-9m) in diameter in the field.

After the detonation, police and army officers carried out road checks and safety checks of the surrounding area, while utility companies made sure that local supplies were unaffected. The M62 was reopened to traffic at 1300 GMT - two hours earlier than expected.

George Wilson, the owner of the land where the bomb was found, said he was glad the operation was over. He told BBC Look North: "It's caused a bit of inconvenience for people but mainly the people who are commuting, I think."

Police close the M62 motorway near Goole, East Yorkshire.

WWII bomb is about to be destroyed by controlled explosion by the Army

Bunker left after explosion