A bomb disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion after part of an old artillery shell was found in a garden in Salford.

A homeowner found the cone of a timer from a historic artillery round among rubble in their garden and quickly alerted police. An Army bomb disposal unit were alerted and carried out a controlled explosion on a grassy patch of land on Agecroft Road in Agecroft.

A police spokesman said: “We were called at about 12pm this afternoon to reports that an old artillery cell had been found at a property in Salford.”

“It turns out it was part of the cone of a timer of an old artillery round.”

“We alerted the bomb disposal unit, and a safe, controlled explosion was carried out on a patch of woodland nearby.”

Residents nearby heard the sound of a bomb going off while it was detonated.

A spokesman for the MoD said their experts had attended and investigated the historic find.

He said: “The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Chester were called at about 1.50pm this afternoon.” [sic]

“They attended and carried out a controlled explosion nearby on a safe site.”

“The explosive was historical in nature, probably from World War Two.”

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