A suspected 500lb bomb was found by construction workers on a housing development on Rawcliffe Road in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire on Thursday 22nd July. Local residents were evacuated, and the east and west-bound carriageways of the M62 between junctions 35 and 37, and a section of the A614, were shut. A ‘no-fly zone’ was also put in place over the area of the find.

A statement on Humberside Police’s website read:

‘Colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who have been onsite since late last night, have now confirmed that the device is live and are making plans to safely detonate the bomb within the next 24 hours.

‘All persons in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.

‘Those living or staying in the wider immediate area are asked to remain indoors from 8pm this evening.

‘Businesses within the cordoned area will be asked to close until the works have been completed.

A bomb disposal team destroyed the bomb on Saturday afternoon in a controlled explosion.

The origin of the bomb is not entirely clear. Some reports suggest that the device may have been jettisoned by a British Lancaster bomber which crash landed in the area during WWII. No official report on the identification of the device from bomb disposal personnel on the scene could be found.

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