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Update: Controlled explosion carried out after grenade discovered on building site in Purdis Farm Lane, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:22 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:22 04 August 2014

A grenade has been dug up at a construction site in Purdis Farm Lane

A grenade has been dug up at a construction site in Purdis Farm Lane

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A controlled explosion was carried out at a construction site in Ipswich this afternoon after a grenade was dug up.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the Ministry of Defence’s bomb disposal squad from Colchester carried out the explosion at the site in Purdis Farm Lane at about 4.45pm.

The “pineapple-shaped” grenade was discovered by a digger driver just before 2.10pm, prompting the site to be evacuated and a 200m cordon set up.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “We can confirm that a Second World War grenade was found at our Purdis Grange development earlier today. The police were immediately informed and the bomb disposal unit has subsequently disposed of the grenade safely.”

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  • I heard the device was really dangerous and the bomb disposal unit from Portsmouth is unable to get there in time. The initial decision was to move it to Norwich instead but they didn't have the time. Plan B is to move it the least valuable place in the town away from busy roads, vehicles and people... obviously they couldn't get to Whitton in time so settled for Ipswich Waterfront... the area was evacuated en route... and it caused an estimated £5 worth of damage.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Oh no, you have dug up Myrtle, she was my bestest turtle. We interred her there many moons ago!

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, August 4, 2014

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