Goole WW2 bomb: Army experts carry out controlled explosion

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media captionWatch: The bomb was detonated by an Army disposal team on Saturday afternoon

A live World War Two bomb unearthed by builders on a housing development has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The 500lb (227kg) device was found on the new-build estate in Goole, East Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Eight homes were evacuated and the M62 was shut between junctions 35 and 37 as a safety precaution.

Humberside Police said the device was successfully detonated at 16:22 BST on Saturday.

All residents have been able to return to their homes and local business are no longer being asked to remain closed.

The force also said a no-fly zone and the closures of the M62 and other roads nearby had since been lifted.

There had been significant traffic congestion and delays on Saturday as a result of the measures.

image captionThe device was found on an East Yorkshire housing development on Thursday

John Sharpe, site manager of the Beal Homes development, said he received a call from workers just after midday on Thursday.

"They didn't know what they'd dug up at first and a guy went down into the hole because we thought it was a metal pipe.

"As he uncovered it he realised it was a bomb and got out pretty quickly," he said.

Mr Sharpe said the bomb was believed to have been dropped by a Lancaster bomber during a crash-landing.

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