Today, the Aston Expressway has been closed after an unexploded WW2 bomb was discovered by construction workers. The bomb was found on a construction site in priory road earlier this morning.
The emergency services were called to the scene and in response, an evacuation of around 500m was put in place as a precaution. Alongside this, an army based bomb squad has also been called to the construction site.
As a result of the discovery, major traffic chaos has also been caused across Birmingham and nearby train services have been cancelled.
One local described the scene. He stated: “it was about 12 and police knocked on the door and said you’ve got to be evacuated because they’ve found a World War Two bomb. I’ve just been waiting to get back in.”
“I have never seen so many police in all my life.”
So how did it end up there? Well, during the second world war, around 5,129 high explosive bombs were dropped in the area. Overall, it is was the third most bombed city during the war! One area that was particularly targeted, was Aston. This caused mass destruction claiming over two thousand lives, and left over three thousand seriously injured. Alongside this, over twelve thousand houses were destroyed.
So, how are they going to defuse the bomb? Well, according to the Birmingham Mail, it is likely that they will dispose of it by basically just blowing it up. This tends to be the preferred method as it is simple, quicker and safer than other methods.
However, if the device is too dangerous to detonate on site, then it will likely to instead be removed for disposal elsewhere. Or, the bomb will be cut into from the site. From there, the explosive contents can be removed.
So what do you think of this? Have you been impacted by the discovery? Let us know in the comments below.