Published: 10:28, 09 June 2019
| Updated: 10:54, 09 June 2019
A wartime bomb which left a large area of Kings Hill deserted has been disposed of.
An army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team carried out a controlled detonation at about 9.10pm last night.
The Second World War bomb was found at a building site off Gibson Drive shortly after 6pm on Friday.
Police, Kent County Council, and the EOD all attended.
A 200m exclusion zone was set up and several buildings in the area were evacuated including the Kings Hill Community Centre, Infinity Fitness and Covéa insurance.
People living nearby described hearing a loud boom and their homes shaking during the controlled explosion.
Some said they heard it as far away as Allington and Maidstone – nearly five miles away.
A police spokesman said: "The scene is now clear and all roads reopened."
A British Army spokesperson confirmed the ordnance was a Second World War German Luftwaffe fragmentation bomb called an SD50.
Kings Hill was the site of RAF West Malling, a front line airbase during the Battle of Britain that was the target of a number of bombing raids.
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