South East Wales

Companies House: Evacuation as shell dug up under car park

A suspected live shell was found in the car park of one of Cardiff's major employers forcing staff to be evacuated from their building.

Companies House has been closed for the day as a precaution after the item was discovered by workers digging at the site at 08:30 BST.

Army bomb disposal staff later confirmed that the item was an empty casing.

Companies House said the shell was not dangerous and had been removed.

The organisation employs hundreds of staff at its headquarters in the north of the city.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "At 8.38am police received information that workers digging at Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff, had found what they believed to be a live shell.

"The bomb disposal team were called."

Companies House said in a statement: "Following work to the car park a suspected ordnance was discovered, and as a precautionary measure Companies House building at Crown Way, Cardiff, has closed today and staff advised to return home."

The building will reopen following the August Bank Holiday and other offices and online services were operating normally.

"Army Bomb Disposal Services have thankfully confirmed that the find was an empty casing and therefore presents no further danger and has now been removed from site," added the statement.