HOMES had to be evacuated earlier this week following the discovery of two unexploded artillery mortar shells in Stratford.
Bomb disposal experts were called in after Warwickshire Police were contacted by a passer-by who spotted the shells in the garden of a house on the edge of the town centre around 8.30am on Wednesday (July 1).
A large area of the town was cordoned off by police with around ten homes in Banbury Road – between Trinity Way and Dale Avenue – and parts of Saturn Way and Mercury Drive evacuated, and residents taken to a temporary rest centre at the Rosebird Centre.
The devices – 105 millimetre tank shells from the 1970s – were moved from the garden in Banbury Road to a field off Trinity Way where a controlled explosion was carried out by a team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit shortly after noon.
A police spokesperson told The Observer: “The device, which was believed to be decades old, was uncovered from under the ground and was unlikely to cause significant damage or injury.
“A controlled explosion was carried out, the matter was resolved and people were able to return to their homes.
“Around ten houses were evacuated as a precautionary measure but there is not thought to be any further risk to the public”
Our photographer Jon Mullis was there to capture the action.
Watch the controlled explosion here: