Unexploded bomb detonated in Honiton
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An area of Honiton was cordoned off after an unexploded bomb was discovered in Beggars Lane.
Residents of a Honiton road were stunned earlier this afternoon after a grenade dating back to the second world war was dug up by a gardener.
The unexploded bomb was found in the undergrowth of a property in Beggars Lane at around 2.30pm, prompting police to put in place a 50 metre cordon.
An explosive ordnance disposal team was sent from Plymouth and detonated the grenade after packing it with plastic explosives and re-covering it with soil.
A spokesman for Royal Navy Bomb Disposal’s Southern Diving Unit One said: “We drove down from Plymouth after the device was discovered.
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“The grenade is a World War Two Mills Grenade Mark V.
“It was quite rusty, but all the pieces were intact - it was still live and dangerous.”
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The spokesman said the bomb squad placed the grenade in a hole dug in a middle of a nearby field, before packing it down with plastic explosives, adding: “We had to make sure it was safe as it was quite close to houses.”
The device was then detonated with a loud bang.
A resident of Exeter road, parallel to Beggars Lane, said: “I heard the bang - it sounded serious.
“We had no warning. We thought it was a serious car accident, because it was such a loud thud.”
Stephen Lee, an officer on Sidmouth’s neighbourhood policing team, attended the scene - a week after a similar device was uncovered in a garage in Sidmouth.
He said: “It is unusual to find two of the same ordnance in a week. However, nowadays people are getting older and we are attending addresses where people are clearing out.
“It’s not unusual to find ordnance in people’s houses, especially ex-military personnel.
“That being said, nothing surprises me in policing nowadays - I’m now going for the hat trick!”