Walton: Bomb squad sent in as workshop containing land mines catches fire

Essex Fire Service, East of England Ambulance Service, Essex Police and the Royal Logistics Corps Bo

Essex Fire Service, East of England Ambulance Service, Essex Police and the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal squad attended a fire on Old Hall Lane in Walten-on-the-naze Wednesday afternoon. - Credit: Archant

A bomb disposal team was called to a fire in a workshop containing fuel, bullets, shells and land mines.

Firefighters are still tackling the fire, involving farm buildings measuring 50 metres by 40 metres, in Walton-on-the-Naze.

Crews began fighting the blaze at 3.05pm, before learning that one of the buildings contained explosives.

A 300-metre hazard zone was set up but has been reduced to 100m since bomb experts confirmed it was safe to do so.

Earlier, assistant divisional officer, Mark Turnbull said: “The fire is in a workshop which contains fuel, cylinders and ammunition including bullets, shells, land mines and other ordnance. An army bomb disposal squad are here to assess if that ordnance and ammunition is live or not.

“Crews have withdrawn to a safe distance while that assessment is carried out but unmanned monitor hoses have been left in place to continue dousing the fire.”

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter