Suspected explosive at Southampton docks turns out to be gas pipe

The scene down at Southampton docks following the bomb alert.

The scene down at Southampton docks following the bomb alert.

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A BOMB alert at Southampton docks has been called off after a suspected shell turned out to be a gas pipe.

Workmen were preparing to tarmac a large area near the container terminal this morning when they unearthed what they thought was an explosive device from the Second World War.

The green curved object was found one-a-half-metres below the surface next to Dock Gate 20.

Police evacuated the area, set up a 100-metre exclusion zone and ordered dozens of workers to wait outside the site while they waited for a military bomb disposal team to deal with the emergency.

But the ordnance team took one look at the object at the centre of the drama and declared it was a harmless pipe.

A police spokesman confirmed that the area was returning to normal.

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12:30pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Huey says...

Good job they didn't try to blow it up in a controlled explosion
Good job they didn't try to blow it up in a controlled explosion Huey
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