Police safely detonate WWII bomb found in British housing development

A World War II-era bomb discovered in a new housing development in Britain was safely detonated by a police bomb squad.

Humberside Police said the 500-pound bomb, discovered Thursday by a worker at the Beal Homes development on the outskirts of Goole, England, was safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team at 4:22 p.m. Saturday.

Police had evacuated all people living in the vicinity earlier Saturday and nearby roads and highways were closed during the detonation.

“All restrictions are now lifted, with all roads and highways clear of debris and open to the public. The no-fly zone above the location has also been lifted and it is now safe for businesses to reopen and the public to leave their homes,” police said after the detonation.

John Sharpe, a site manager at the Beal Homes development, told the BBC that one of his workers found the bomb Thursday.

“As he uncovered it, he realized it was a bomb and got out pretty quickly,” he said.