The Artillery Shell found in Farndon Road, Newark. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A controlled explosion took place yesterday afternoon (Monday) after a First World War artillery shell was discovered at Newark Marina.

The unexploded device was found in Farndon Road, Newark by James Wilkinson at around 11am on Monday 7 December.

The 18lb artillery shell – used during the second phase of the First World War – measured around six inches long and was discovered in the water.

Mr Wilkinson said: “I’ve never come across a bomb from the First World War so it was a surprise to discover it.

Police at the site where the controlled explosion took place.
Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

“It was in a very poor condition I was very glad to find it as it is important that it was dealt with straight away.”

A special bomb disposal unit was called to the scene to undergo a controlled explosion carried out in Sconce and Devon Park in Boundary Road.

The park was closed off to the public until the controlled explosion took place at approximately 3:30pm.

Sergeant Simon Brooks, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “It’s very rare that we come across a World War I shell and when it was detonated it did go off with quite a bang.”

“I would also like to thank the officers and PCSOs for their assistance as we looked to safely carry out this detonation, and I would also like to thank the public for their cooperation throughout this.”