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Bomb disposal squad detonates First World War shell in Rainham

25 April 2012
by Danny Boyle

An Army bomb disposal team was called in when a worker repairing gas mains discovered a First World War bomb.

Roads in Rainham were closed for almost three hours yesterday.

The man, who was working on Wimbourne Drive, found a metal cylinder at 1.30pm yesterday and called the police.

Police closed the surrounding roads and Army bomb disposal officers arrived and detonated the device, which was later identified as a 15lb shrapnel shell.

The roads were opened again at 4.10pm.

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