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Second bomb found at recycling centre

A live bomb has been found at a public recycling centre in the north east - just days after a similar incident in the West Country.

Bomb squad officers carried out a controlled detonation on a Second World War explosive at the civic amenity site in County Durham on Monday February 14.

A similar crack Army team was called to investigate a mortar shell at Somerset's Priorswood recycling centre just two days earlier.

The Priorswood shell turned out to be empty, and therefore harmless, but explosives experts warned recyclers that live bombs could turn up at any moment.

The second explosive was found by a member of staff at the Annfield Plain recycling centre that Premier Waste Management runs for Durham County Council.

The police were alerted and cordoned off 200 metres around the skip containing the device, before calling bomb disposal experts to deal with it.

Wyvern employees picked the Priorswood bomb out of its skip and moved it to open land, an act experts warned could have had fatal consequences.
International School for Search and Explosives Engineers principle Alan Hatcher told MRW: "A lot of these things are turning up.

"Squaddies bring back mementoes from conflicts and many soldiers kept souvenirs from the Second World War.

"Families are finding them in their attics and wondering what to do with them. So they are taking them to places like recycling centres. This is going to keep happening.

"But some of these things will be live, and their components will have grown sensitive with age, so there will be a danger of them going off if handled."

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