Drama as bomb squad called out

Donald Murray on Rochdale Road between Todmorden and Shade, where a bomb was found.

Donald Murray on Rochdale Road between Todmorden and Shade, where a bomb was found.

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THE bomb disposal team was called to Todmorden when workmen discovered a suspected unexploded device.

Workmen constructing a flood wall in Shade as part of the latest phase of the Todmorden flood defence scheme came across the bomb shell on Monday afternoon.

The Rochdale Road was closed for three hours as an exclusion zone was set up around the site as a precaution.

After examining the device, the bomb disposal team determined it posed no threat and took it away for disposal.

Donald Murray, project manager for Volker Stevin, the contractors carrying out the work on behalf of the Environment Agency, said it was an eventful afternoon.

“We were working opposite Shade School, taking the old wall down to build the new one when we discovered what we believed to be an unexploded bomb,” he said.

“We contacted the police and they came to have a look, took photos and sent them off to the bomb squad.

“They closed the road and put in a 25 metre exclusion zone.

“The bomb squad confirmed it had been fired previously and took it away for safe disposal.

“We since believe that a lot of old shells in the war were brought here to the foundries to be melted down.

“Some of them may have got into the river.”

Work had to be suspended until Tuesday lunchtime while a risk assessment was carried out.

An expert was scheduled to visit the site later in the week to carry out a survey and give advice on what to do if the workmen face a similar situation in the future.