Shropshire Star

Bomb disposal squad detonates grenade found in Whitchurch town centre

A road in Whitchurch was closed off as bomb disposal experts detonated what is believed to be a German made World War Two grenade.

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The grenade was taken to a playing field in the town and a controlled explosion carried out.

The drama began at about 2.30pm on Thursday when police shut off Brownlow Road, by the Iceland store car park.

Paul Davey, who runs the nearby Shropshire Rewind Services said the road was closed for a couple of hours.

"Police were there and then a bomb disposal squad arrived," he said.

"They said that a German, World War Two, stick grenade, had been found in the car park. I have no idea how on earth it got there."

He said the bomb disposal team carried the grenade into the local park.

"The gate to the park, by the side of our premises, was locked and they asked me it I had any tools to help remove the lock. I was able to grind it off for them."

"They took the grenade into the middle of the grass and carried it with sacks before carrying out a controlled explosion.

"There was a noise like a firework going off and the explosion blew the sacks into the air."