BREAKING NEWS: Bomb disposal teams called to Eastbourne building site for third time

The site in  March - when 80 World War Two grenades found at building site at Kings Drive, Eastbourne
The site in March - when 80 World War Two grenades found at building site at Kings Drive, Eastbourne

Bomb disposal experts are back at Kings Drive as more grenades have been unearthed today (May 14).

It is the third time in a matter of months that grenades have been found at the building site - which is being developed for homes.

Building Site Explosive Threat Kings Drive Eastbourne SUS-150514-175428001

Building Site Explosive Threat Kings Drive Eastbourne SUS-150514-175428001

The first discovery was made at the site on March 16, after a cache of 80 grenades were found by a digger driver.

The bomb squads were called in a second time on April 13, to another discovery.

And today, the bomb squads are back yet again, as more grenades have been found. Sussex Police is at the scene.

Marked ‘AW Bomb 1940’ the grenades were thought to have been phosphorus incendiary grenades created as improvised anti-tank weapons when Britain was facing invasion following the army’s evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.

They were made by chemical company Albright & Wilson in the form of bottles filled with incendiary liquid.

At the time of the first discovery, Stanley Coombe, 89, of Hampden Park contacted the Herald and Gazette, as he used to be in the Home Guard.

He said, “I remember the grenades being buried. It was part of the Home Guard stash, it was put there in case we were invaded. It had to be in 1943. There were a lot of them [stashes], they were all over the place.”

The building site which is just off of the Rodmill roundabout, is a site for almost 120 homes, which are being built by Bovis Homes. It will be called Meadows View.

To see a video of the first 80 grenades being detonated, click here.

UPDATE: Sussex Police said it was called at 1.23pm to an explosive device at King’s Drive. The EOD team were called and the disposed of the item shortly before 5pm.

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