Ramsgate station reopens after 'wartime bomb' discovered

  • 23 September 2013
  • From the section Kent

A Kent railway station has reopened following an alert after workmen nearby discovered a device believed to be an unexploded World War II bomb.

A 330ft (100m) exclusion zone was set up at Ramsgate station and trains were halted and nearby buildings cleared.

Kent Police said emergency services were called to Stephens Close just after 14.15 BST.

Officers later said the device was being taken to a safe place to be detonated and the station had reopened.

Controlled explosion

The station reopened at 17:15 BST, but a 164ft (50m) cordon remained for the safe removal of the device.

It was taken to Joss Bay where a safe and controlled explosion was carried out at 19:45 BST, police said.

Earlier, a bomb disposal unit was sent to examine the device and the public was told to stay away.

British Transport Police tweeted that the incident was not terror-related and it was working with Army bomb disposal units.

Southeastern said services between Ramsgate and Margate, Canterbury West and Dover Priory were disrupted and replacement bus services were in place.

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