York & North Yorkshire

Army explodes WWII grenades found in York house

Army bomb disposal teams carried out a controlled explosion of two World War II hand grenades found in a house in York.

The grenades, one of which contained high explosives, were found as family members cleared the house following the death of the elderly occupant.

People were kept away from the house in the Bootham area while the devices were removed at about 1700 GMT on Tuesday.

A controlled explosion took place nearby and could be heard for miles.

The explosion took place at a remote area of Waterend, Clifton.

A police spokesman said: "The discovery of such items is not a regular occurrence but it does happen from time to time.

"The single explosion was loud enough to be heard across the north and west of York and people should not be concerned if they did hear it."

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