Sunday, 12 June 2011

Unexploded Bomb Brings Roads to a Halt

By Ben Aulakh

Roads in Oldbury ground to a halt on Tuesday June 7 after an unexploded World War II shell was found by workers at a building site.

Police cordoned off the area around the bomb, shutting down Rood End Road, Beresford Road and Seymour Road for more than three-and-a-half hours.

The Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called to the scene and the device was made safe just after 3.30pm

Chief superintendent Mark Robinson, commander for Sandwell Police, said: “Thankfully this alert was brought to safe and swift conclusion, meaning roads were able to re-open in time for the evening rush hour.

“We understand that the closures may have caused some disruption for people travelling through the Oldbury area, however ensuring the safety of all people in the vicinity is always our primary concern.”

“We thank those affected by this afternoon's events for their patience and understanding.”

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