Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danger UXB

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danger UXB

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

THIS is the moment a World War Two bomb dredged from the depths of the Tyne was detonated.

Onlookers gathered to watch as bomb disposal experts carried out the controlled explosion yesterday morning. Passers-by were kept away from the by police, who threw a 200-metre cordon around the blast site.

The device, described as a "munition" dating from the war, was found in the Tyne near the former Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend on Tuesday as that stretch of the river was dredged.

It was brought to the surface by workmen dredging the riverbed and the shipyard, which is being transformed into a business area, had to be evacuated.

Police said the evacuation was a precaution and said: "Officers are this morning carrying out a controlled detonation of the munition at the beach at Tynemouth.

"Extra officers are in the area speaking with people and offering reassurance."

It's not uncommon for fishermen and dredgers to find wartime munition off our coast. …

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