A bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion after part of an old artillery shell was found in a Salford garden.
A homeowner found the cone of a timer from an historic artillery round among rubble in their Swinton 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.”
– Manchester Evening News