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Suspected WW2 bomb turns out to be old fuel tank

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.

Road reopens after suspected wartime bombs found

Margate Road in Broadstairs has now reopened after bomb disposal experts were called to reports of an unexploded WWII bomb.

Crews were called out shortly after 2pm. A 200m cordon was set-up and local properties were evacuated.

The incident has now been scaled down as the items found have been deemed to be safe.

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200m cordon in place as army experts deal with unexploded wartime bombs in Broadstairs

Army bomb disposal experts called to Margate Road in Broadstairs Credit: @kent_999s

Margate Road in Broadstairs has been cordoned off following the discovery of a number of suspected unexploded wartime bombs.

A 200m cordon is in place around Margate Road Credit: @kent_999s

Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene and a 200m cordon is in place. Some local properties have been evacuated.

A number of properties have been evacuated Credit: @kent_999s

Properties evacuated and roads closed as wartime bombs are found in Broadstairs

Properties evacuated and local roads closed Credit: ITV Meridian

A number of suspected old wartime unexploded bombs have been found in Kent.

The area around Margate Road in Broadstairs has been cordoned off as Army bomb disposal experts make them safe.

A number of properties have also been evacuated.

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