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'Unexploded grenade' found behind Gloucester pub is gas canister, police confirm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

  • The Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal Unit deal with an incident near The High Orchard and Sainsburys in Gloucester Docks today

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A SUSPECTED Second World War hand grenade found in Gloucester has turned out to be a gas canister.

The High Orchard pub was forced to close and a cordon was put in place after workmen discovered what they thought was an unexploded bomb this morning.

Builders working on derelict land next to the pub in St Ann Way called the police after finding the device six feet underground.

Police closed a road near the pub and put up a cordon before calling in bomb disposal experts around 10.30am.

The Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal team set up base behind the High Orchard around 11am and two officers spent two-and-a-half hours assessing the situation.

Sam Carter, a supervisor at the High Orchard, said: "I was at home and my assistant manager told me to get to work but that we wouldn’t be opening the pub.

“The police told us that a 1940s unexploded bomb had been found across the road and we decided not to open the pub.

"But we stayed here at the pub to tell people what was going on and the police said they would let us know if we needed to evacuate the area.

"It was all a bit exciting."

The emergency services were stood down around 1.30pm after bomb experts confirmed that the device was in fact a gas canister.

A police officer at the scene said: “It is just a gas cylinder but it looked like something else. It does look similar.

“The bomb disposal team are happy that it is just a gas cylinder so we are standing down.”

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