Second World War chemical incident

EMERGENCY services were called into action last night following concerns of a potential chemical incident after a man discovered Second World War memorabilia in a skip.

EMERGENCY services were called into action tonight following concerns of a potential chemical incident after a man discovered Second World War memorabilia in a skip.

Both the police and fire service attended a property in Grange Road, Felixstowe, around 8pm.

A man reported that he had found Second World War memorabilia in a skip and after taking it home discovered that it could contain dangerous gas.

He alerted the emergency services and when they arrived they were able to determine that the items were not hazardous.


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A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Police were contacted by a member of the public just after 8pm. He reported that he had found some Second World War memorabilia in a skip in Grange Road, which he had taken to his home, also in Grange Road.

“He then discovered several small glass vials which were labelled as potentially containing dangerous gas.

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“He was concerned and put them outside in his front garden and alerted police.

“The fire service was called and officers attended. An expert from the fire service determined that the vials actually appeared to be a gas testing kit.

“Police are now making arrangements with the Environment Agency for the vials to be safely disposed of.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said although a total of six pumps and three specialist crews were called to the scene they actually did very little.

Firefighters from Felixstowe, Princes Street and Colchester Road in Ipswich, Haverhill, Holbrook and Woodbridge all attended and left by 9.15pm.

“We didn't do anything,” the spokeswoman said. “We were there purely as a precaution.”

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