A WWII artillery shell was found at a property in Clayton, Bradford yesterday. A 200m safety cordon was established around the house and several properties were evacuated prior to the arrival of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Catterick.
The EOD team inspected the device and confirmed that it was inert, removing it safely and allowing neighbouring residents to return to their homes. Such disruptions – which included the diversion of local traffic – are inherently frustrating for local authorities and are completely avoidable.
Ordnance pieces should not be kept unless proven to be empty or inert. Otherwise this type of disruption is liable to occur as the Police and EOD teams cannot afford to take risks with devices that were, after all, designed to kill.