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Unexploded bomb shuts Nightingale Road in Shirley area of Southampton
2:10pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
AN unexploded bomb has been found by workmen in a Hampshire street.
Police closed the road as a precaution and said they evacuated up to 50 properties in the area following the discovery.
The device was found by builders, who unearthed an old shell shortly before 1pm. It is described as a rusty 22-inch brass bottomed shell, which is about 2.5ins in diameter.
A 50-metre cordon was put in placed around the shell, including roads and gardens.
Bomb disposal experts attended the site from Portsmouth to deal with the device.
Martin Houilbecq, 50, a mature student from Albany Road, said: "When I came back from college and saw the police I assumed it was a murder, but I could not believe it when I was told it was a bomb. It is very worrying to hear especially when it is so close to my home."
Jean Zammit, 68, from Nelson Road, was walking her dog Rocky when she was told by police she couldn't take her usual route down Dyer Road.
She said: "it is quite scary especially when there are so many homes in this area.
"There could be more round here that we just don't know about, things just get knocked down and people dig deep and this is what happens. Here's hoping one day they might find a pot of gold instead of an old bomb."
The device was removed and the road reopened shortly after 3pm.
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