Army bomb squad called after 'device' is found in Watford

Watford Observer: Army bomb squad called after 'device' is found in Watford Army bomb squad called after 'device' is found in Watford

A supposed Second World War bomb has been found in Watford.

Officers were called at 9.20am to Tolpits Lane after construction work uncovered a "device".

EOD, the army specialist bomb unit, were called to the scene and have "made the device safe".

Initial reports suggested the device dates back to Second World War.

Vicarage Road, between Rose Gardens and Scammell Way, was closed for over an hour this morning while emergency services dealt with the incident.

The road is now re-open.

The device was discovered under a railway bridge on Vicarage Road, near Harwoods Recreation Grounds and Laurance Haines Primary School.

Rose Gardens resident Len Bull was shocked it had been unearthed at the end of his road.

The 75-year-old said: “I saw a couple of cars up here. If they found it, good luck to them. It’s been there a long time. If there’s one there could be another.”

Sugar and Spice Mini Supermarket manager Fazal Hassan witnessed the police activity.

He said: “The police closed the road for about an hour or hour and a half, I heard people saying there was an incident at the bridge.

“The police put a gate up to stop anybody going through.

“Nobody told me anything. If it exploded it would have been a problem.”

One parent of a pupil at Laurance Haines Primary said he was glad the device had been found at last.

He said: “I’d rather they found it now than when they had got the heavy duty diggers on the site.

“But finding these devices happens.”

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11:34am Fri 16 May 14

TRT says...

Were these CRL workers? Or those demolishing that block of garages on the corner?
Were these CRL workers? Or those demolishing that block of garages on the corner? TRT
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11:46am Fri 16 May 14

andywilkes says...

I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.
I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police. andywilkes
  • Score: 2

11:59am Fri 16 May 14

andywilkes says...

TRT wrote:
Were these CRL workers? Or those demolishing that block of garages on the corner?
CRL workers.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Were these CRL workers? Or those demolishing that block of garages on the corner?[/p][/quote]CRL workers. andywilkes
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Fri 16 May 14

garston tony says...

andywilkes wrote:
I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.
They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all
[quote][p][bold]andywilkes[/bold] wrote: I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.[/p][/quote]They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all garston tony
  • Score: 4

4:17pm Fri 16 May 14

TRT says...

garston tony wrote:
andywilkes wrote:
I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.
They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all
If anyone wants to get me a birthday present, a box set of Danger UXB wouldn't go amiss. Used to love that program!
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andywilkes[/bold] wrote: I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.[/p][/quote]They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all[/p][/quote]If anyone wants to get me a birthday present, a box set of Danger UXB wouldn't go amiss. Used to love that program! TRT
  • Score: 4

8:25pm Tue 20 May 14

gdad1902 says...

wonder what was bomb target was - rail line or near by scammell works? other wise would have been mostly farm and sewage allotments near here. Any photo of bomb? was it destroyed on site? or passed to Watford museum?
wonder what was bomb target was - rail line or near by scammell works? other wise would have been mostly farm and sewage allotments near here. Any photo of bomb? was it destroyed on site? or passed to Watford museum? gdad1902
  • Score: 0

8:20am Tue 27 May 14

WatfordBandB says...

TRT wrote:
garston tony wrote:
andywilkes wrote:
I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.
They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all
If anyone wants to get me a birthday present, a box set of Danger UXB wouldn't go amiss. Used to love that program!
Take that as a no please
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andywilkes[/bold] wrote: I held it this morning about 10 minutes ago. EOD were called but didn't attend. The device was deemed empty and safe by reports sent by police to the MOD. we flattened and broke the device up under supervision of the police.[/p][/quote]They may not have attended this time but my hats off to those that work defusing bonbs etc. Not a job i'd like at all[/p][/quote]If anyone wants to get me a birthday present, a box set of Danger UXB wouldn't go amiss. Used to love that program![/p][/quote]Take that as a no please WatfordBandB
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