Grenade found on Gatwick construction site

Grant Prior 13 years ago
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A Second World War hand grenade was blown-up by bomb disposal experts in a controlled explosion today close to the railway station of Gatwick Airport.

Planes were temporarily grounded as the grenade, discovered by construction workers on the UK Power Networks site, was made safe by Explosive Ordnance Division operators.

A Gatwick Airport spokeswoman said: “A construction company working near the airport found what looked like a Second World War grenade when they were digging.

“British Transport Police cordoned off the area as a precaution and the Explosive Ordnance Division carried out a controlled explosion.

“It is now safe. Flights were not allowed to take off or land for about 10 to 15 minutes so there was a slight delay to services, but it was minimal.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “British Transport Police officers were called to Gatwick Airport railway station after the discovery of what is believed to be a WW2 grenade.

“The device was discovered on the lower ring road by a construction worker who was working on a piece of land there.”

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