Police were called to the scene at British Sugar’s factory in Suffolk at 12.10pm on Tuesday (November 15). A bomb disposal team was later dispatched to remove the devices.
Factory manager Mike Blowers said: “A small piece of military ordnance was delivered in a sugar beet load.
“It was separated from the beet in our stone removal system, isolated and dealt with by the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal Unit.”
No one was evacuated from the factory during the incident. Police and the Bomb Disposal Unit left the scene by 3.45pm.
A spokesman for the British Army’s Colchester Garrison said: “On inspection they were found to be three solid shot shells and two 8lb practice bombs, which all contained no explosives and dated to the Second World War. The items were recovered for safe disposal.”
Unexploded ordnance in the UK
Unexploded ordnance are explosive weapons (bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc) that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation, potentially many decades after they were used or discarded.
More than 15,000 items of ordnance were found in construction sites in the UK between 2006–2009, according to the Construction Industry Research and Information Association.
Sources: legaciesofwar.org, Ciria.org