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Army Detonates Second World War Bomb Found In East Yorkshire

A 500lb unexploded device had been found at a new housing development in Goole.

Residents have been allowed to return to their homes and businesses have reopened after a Second World War bomb was disposed of at an East Yorkshire housing development.

Humberside Police said the live device was found on Thursday morning at a building site off Rawcliffe Road in Goole, and the area was cordoned off until the bomb was detonated on Saturday afternoon.

A team from 521 EOD Squadron, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment from Catterick Garrison was requested by the police force, to assist with the controlled explosion.

A no-fly zone had been enforced over the area and people living nearby were told to stay indoors.

Restrictions have now been lifted and roads cleared of blast debris.

Humberside Police said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team confirmed the bomb was live at Beales Homes development site on Thursday evening.

A spokesperson had said: "As a precaution, and to allow the EOD team to complete their preparatory work before they safely dispose of the device, an area of extended cordon is being enforced."

The force said just after 17:40 on Saturday that the explosive had been disarmed and all restrictions, including the closure of shops and roads, were lifted.

"An unexploded World War Two bomb found on the outskirts of Goole has now been successfully and safely detonated," they said.

"All restrictions are now lifted, including all road closures. Thank you for your patience."

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a British Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called out to a location on Rawcliff Road, Goole, at the request of Humberside Police.

"All further queries should be directed to the police."