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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.

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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

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