A WWII artillery shell was found at a site in Stretford yesterday. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit of the Royal Logistics Corps – equipped with some interesting remote equipment – attended the premises at Hadfield Street and rendered the item safe.
It is unclear whether the shell had been imported into the building or if it was wartime remnant. Stretford, and the adjacent Trafford Park area, were heavily-defended due to their industrial importance. Several anti-aircraft gun batteries were located in the area and misfires were common.
This is the latest in a series of shell finds across the UK in recent days which has prompted the mobilisation of EOD units. It is a reminder that, whether excavated from the ground or stored in a garage, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) remains a hazard to be wary of!