Tyne & Wear

Tyne reopens after controlled 'bomb' explosion

Sand Heron
Image caption A controlled explosion has now been carried out

Part of the River Tyne which was sealed off after a dredger scooped up two suspected bombs has reopened.

The World War II devices were discovered when the vessel, the Sand Heron, discharged her load of sand at a Jarrow cement yard on Wednesday.

Police ordered an exclusion zone and the river between the Tyne Car Terminal and Howdon was closed to boats.

A controlled explosion has now been carried out and the river reopened, Northumbria Police confirmed.

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