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Homes evacuated after explosives found near Staffordshire museum

Homes near a museum were evacuated and a bomb squad was called after 'commercial explosives' were found on the site.

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Police say they are not treating the incident at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Valley Road in Hednesford as suspicious.

Officers were called to the museum at around midday on Thursday after reports of a suspicious package. A cordon was put in place and two nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution before residents were let back in their homes around 4pm.

The museum on Thursday afternoon

Members of Staffordshire Police's Explosive Ordinance Disposal team (EOD) assessed the package and police later confirmed commercial explosives, which are commonly used for industrial purposes, were found at the site.