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An area of Goole was evacuated while experts detonated a live bomb that was dropped in the Second World War.

Police and bomb disposal units were called to a brand new building site on Rawcliffe Road after the unexploded bomb was found.

It was detonated in a controlled explosion 29 hours after the bomb was discovered.  

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The 500lb explosive was uncovered by construction workers at The Greenways housing development in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire.

A police cordon was set up around the device, with large parts of the M62 and nearby roads shut. 

Congestion was steadily building in and around Humber Bridge with queues stretching for miles and lasting more than an hour.

Humberside Police said eight homes in Rawcliffe Road were asked to evacuate the area ‘as a precaution’.

Beal Homes development’s site manager John Sharpe, explained he was first told of the bomb’s presence on Thursday.

He told the BBC: ‘They didn’t know what they’d dug up at first and a guy went down into the hole because we thought it was a metal pipe.

‘As he uncovered it he realised it was a bomb and got out pretty quickly.’ 

The explosive, (above) is set to be safely detonated by ordnance experts later today and has caused travel chaos in the Goole area

The explosive, (above) is set to be safely detonated by ordnance experts later today and has caused travel chaos in the Goole area

The explosive, (above) is set to be safely detonated by ordnance experts later today and has caused travel chaos in the Goole area

The M62 has been shut from J35 to J37 as ordnance experts work to safely detonate the bomb

The M62 has been shut from J35 to J37 as ordnance experts work to safely detonate the bomb

The M62 has been shut from J35 to J37 as ordnance experts work to safely detonate the bomb

A 1600m vertical no-fly zone has also been instated around the blast zone.  

The east and westbound carriageways of the M62, between J35 and J37, alongside a section of the A614, have been closed since 8pm on Friday, July 23.

A statement on Humberside Police’s website read: ‘Colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who have been onsite since late last night, have now confirmed that the device is live and are making plans to safely detonate the bomb within the next 24 hours. 

‘All persons in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.

‘Those living or staying in the wider immediate area are asked to remain indoors from 8pm this evening.

‘Businesses within the cordoned area will be asked to close until the works have been completed.

‘Road diversions will be in place across all affected roads from 8pm this evening. For drivers using the M62, visit the Highways England website.’

The device was uncovered by construction workers at The Greenways housing development in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire (pictured)

The device was uncovered by construction workers at The Greenways housing development in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire (pictured)

The device was uncovered by construction workers at The Greenways housing development in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire (pictured)

Source: Daily Mail

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