An industrial estate has been evacuated after a blast involving suspected hand grenades.Excavation work was taking place at Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford before the blast on Wednesday.West Mercia Police said “suspected phosphorus grenades” were discovered at the site. They were found close to a former World War Two munitions factory.A 200m cordon remains in place and several homes and businesses evacuated, although no injuries were reported.See more stories from Hereford and Worcester here
Police said there was a “small explosion” after a grenade was uncovered by workers excavating the site using machinery.People have been told to avoid the area while police and a bomb disposal team remove any further grenades.Police said the incident is not being treated as suspicious and the cordon is “a matter of precaution” and up to 10 houses and a number of businesses have been evacuated.
One resident, who wanted to be known only as Margaret, has lived in the area since the WW2 and decided not to leave her home on Wednesday night.”If you lived down here in the war when I lived here, you wouldn’t be afraid of that,” she said.Business owner Mike Thompson said that although “we shouldn’t be surprised” grenades are appearing near the old factory, the cordon had been a “massive problem” for him. “I can’t get my workforce in,” he said.Roads are closed from Fir Tree Lane at the junction of The Straight Mile, Skylon View Road at the junction of Beech Lane, and a public footpath running from the north of the city to the estate.
Source: Worcester News