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Watch: Controlled explosion at Chester school playing fields after bomb squad called

Chronicle capture explosion on video after discovery of old munitions

There was high drama on school playing fields when old ammunition had to be blown up by the bomb squad in a controlled explosion captured on video by the Chronicle.

Cheshire Police say the ammo was found in a tin by family members clearing out a house in Dee Banks overlooking the River Dee in Chester on Wednesday afternoon (April 26).

They contacted police leading to a response by armed officers who in turn called in the Army bomb disposal squad.

Police assisted soldiers from the bomb disposal squad to carry out a controlled explosion on the playing fields between Bishops' Blue Coat High School and Dee Banks School after old ammunition was found during a house clearing nearby.

The item was taken to playing fields at the rear of Dee Banks School and Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion about 5.20pm.

There was liaison with both schools prior to the operation.

No sports activities were taking place at the time and pupils had all gone home for the day.

Police assisted soldiers from the bomb disposal squad to carry out a controlled explosion on the playing fields between Bishops' Blue Coat High School and Dee Banks School after old ammunition was found during a house clearing nearby.

Cheshire Police spokesman Daniel Hind said: “It looks like family members were clearing out a house when they found possible explosive material. They contacted us and we called the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) to carry out a controlled explosion.”

Police issued a warning on social media prior to the explosion which read: “There is going to be a controlled explosion in the Dee Banks School area of Chester. There is nothing to concern local residents.”

Police assisted soldiers from the bomb disposal squad to carry out a controlled explosion on the playing fields between Bishops' Blue Coat High School and Dee Banks School after old ammunition was found during a house clearing nearby.
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