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Work to clear mortar shells from Burntwood building site expected to continue into tomorrow

Police say an operation to clear mortar shells from a building site in Burntwood will now last until tomorrow.

The mortar shells found in Burntwood

The mortar shells found in Burntwood

The site off Milestone Way has been cordoned off since the discovery earlier today (May 25).

It had initially been expected to take until this afternoon to complete the site clearance, but the Army bomb disposal team is now expected to take longer than expected.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “No further excavations will take place, but a 100 metre cordon remains in place as a precaution for public safety.

“Any live shells will be detonated safely under controlled conditions. The A5190 will close when any devices are detonated on site, while other devices will be taken to a second side for safe detonations.

“People are reminded to avoid the area if at all possible and are thanked once again for their patience and cooperation.”

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1 Comment

  1. Nellygb

    24th May, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I can remember my Dad telling me of how the swag, willows and cinder hole used to be the land mark for german bombers to drop their incendiary bombs if anti aircraft fire was too heavy around Birmingham in the war. I can also remember as a young lad digging up munitions around the willows pool (where the first phase of houses have been built) where they had been disposed of when they were no longer needed. (Smiths Industrial Estate used to be called the dump as I remember)

    I know I’m an old cynic but I for one would not think the area is safe to build houses on. Just a matter of time I would say before something really bad happens.