Cheshire Constabulary have offered reassurances because residents may have been startled by a loud bang after a Second World War device was subject to a controlled explosion at the back of Blacon Police Station.
Police confirm that a ‘miltary item’ was taken from Frodsham to St George’s Fields at the rear of the police station where a controlled explosion was managed by the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit about 11am today (Monday February 22).
Cheshire Constabulary spokesman Daniel Hinde said it was felt necessary to issue a public reassurance as the explosion had been ‘louder than expected’.
A police statement read: “Following the recovery of a military item from an address in Frodsham a controlled explosion took place on St George’s Road fields at the rear of Chester Police Station, Blacon, at approximately 11am today.
“The explosion was managed by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and to ensure the safety of members of the public a 100 metre cordon was set up around the site.”
Cheshire Police had earlier tweeted: “Controlled explosion of WW2 device conducted on St George Fields at rear of Blacon Police Station. No cause for concern. More follows...”
This initial tweet caused Dean Davies to respond: “No cause for concern?! I’ve played rugby on those fields!” But this was before it was known the item had originated in Frodsham.