A controlled explosion was carried out on Sunday (April 20 2008) after a World War II spitfire shell was found at Bemmersley Household Waste Recycling Centre, near Biddulph.
The site, run by waste management company HW Martin for Staffordshire County Council, was evacuated and an army bomb disposal team from the Royal Logistic Corps blew up the shell in a nearby field.
Council waste management team manager Mike Wilcox said: The scrap metal container is constantly checked by our staff which is how this item was spotted. Our staff acted very quickly and responsibly and contacted the relevant authorities. The site was closed while a controlled explosion was carried out. We would urge anyone who may come across something like this to contact the police immediately and certainly not to transport them anywhere.