Ipswich: Docks cordoned off after explosive device found

BOMB disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at Ipswich docks today after an unexploded device was found.

The ordnance was found at around 1pm on board a barge carrying silt dredged from the English channel as part of routine metal detector checks at the West Bank Terminal of Ipswich docks.

A large part of the docks was cordoned off and the coastguard sent out a message to incoming ships to stay back in the River Orwell while the county’s bomb disposal team arrived on the scene.

Experts extended the cordon further to keep dock workers and other vessels safe, although no one was evacuated, before carrying out a controlled detonation at 3.30pm.

It is thought the device, which was about 12ins by 12ins, could date from World War Two and is not being treated as suspicious.

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