A CONTROLLED explosion had to be carried out in Malvern today (September 19) after a live artillery round from the 1800’s was discovered by a woman in Worcester.
The woman who was magnet fishing in the South Quay area of Worcester city centre discovered the live round and contacted West Mercia Police.
She advised them she believed the device to be live and officers attended to take photos of the device in order to liaise with bomb disposal experts.
Officers evacuated a 100m area around the device including Worcester College and Warmstry Court retirement home.
Several major roads in Worcester were closed including Bridge Street and The Butts, with officers having to ferry more vulnerable members of the public to the Hive and Worcester Cathedral in a police riot van, where they stayed in the area was safe.
Bomb disposal officers, along with a police escort, took the device to a field in Powick to carry out a safe controlled explosion.
The explosion was heard by residents in the local area.
A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: “We would like to thank the public for their cooperation during the incident.”