Controlled explosion as old hand grenade found in Walsall

A road in Walsall was sealed off by police after an old hand grenade was dug up.

The Crescent was been closed between Broadway North and Sutton Road before experts carried out a controlled explosion.

The grenade was found by a resident digging in their garden at about 11.45am yesterday.

A bomb disposal team from the Royal Logistics Corps was drafted in to inspect the grenade. An ambulance was also parked outside, along with two police cars on each end of the cordon.

At around 2pm, West Midlands Police announced that a controlled explosion had been carried out and the road had opened again.

Kam Chana, a 22-year-old assistant at the McColls shop in Broadway North nearby, spoke of her shock at seeing the emergency services there when she arrived at work.

She said: "I got to work and I heard all the police sirens and saw the flashing lights.

"I thought it was something serious maybe a raid. The police blocked off the road - it was quite scary."