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Residents have been allowed back to their homes after a bomb scare brought a town in Sussex to a standstill.
Builders in Peacehaven discovered what was feared to be a huge World War 2 barrel bomb, containing 1000lbs of high explosive.
Nearby homes were evacuated, and elderly residents forced to sleep in a leisure centre. Schools and roads were also closed.
It was eighteen hours before Army Bomb Disposal experts identified the object as a disused fuel tank, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
Shortly after 8.30am on Thursday (7 September) Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts confirmed that what was feared to be a wartime bomb on a building site in Peacehaven is, in fact, a disused fuel tank.
Agencies are now working together to return the situation to normal.
The A259 South Coast Road has been re-opened and local diversions removed.
A 200-metre exclusion zone, which saw some 55 people having to spend the night at local reception centres, has been lifted. Displaced residents are now returning home.
The Peacehaven Heights and Telscombe Cliffs primary schools, and Peacehaven Community College, closed as a precaution, will remain shut for the rest of Thursday.