A military bomb discovered by a metal detector in Preston has exploded.
Police were called to a field near Avenham Park this evening (Saturday) to reports that two people with a metal detector had discovered an old three inch HE military mortar.
A ‘controlled explosion’ has now been carried out by experts after police warned the device could potentially be ‘live and very dangerous’.
Access to Avenham Park has been restricted as a 100m cordon was set up around the site.
Sgt Paul McLarnon said: “It looks like the bomb had been there for some time; there was some corrosion on it.
“Two people were using a metal detector and got a signal from the metal from the ground.
“They exposed the item and did the right thing by calling us immediately.”