Salford building site bomb scare: Item 'not suspicious'

The suspicious item Image copyright Arron Wright
Image caption The item was found on a building site in Salford

A suspected World War Two bomb found on a building site in Greater Manchester is "not suspicious", police have said.

It was found by workers close to machinery at the site in Salford, near Clowes Street and Chapel Street, at about 16:00 GMT.

A 100m (109 yards) cordon including the area around the Lowry Hotel was put up, and a bomb disposal team was called.

Analysis found it was not a bomb and not dangerous, Greater Manchester Police said.

A spokesman said: "A large cylindrical object which resembled a World War II bomb was found on the site. Our colleagues from the bomb disposal unit attended and assessed the item. They confirmed it was not a bomb. There is no danger to the public and the cordon has been lifted."

Chapel Street was closed between New Bailey Street and Blackfriars Street. The road reopened shortly after 18:45 GMT.

One worker thought it resembled a bomb.

Arron Wright said: "I was working down a hole about 20 metres away when one lad shouted up he had found a bomb and I didn't believe it.

"A few people were wandering around it to see if it was or wasn't.

"There had been a 20 tonne digger digging around it."

Mr Wright, from Levenshulme, Manchester, said fire alarms were set off and the site was evacuated, with staff sent home.

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