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Second World War bomb found in house loft

By Luke Bartlett | Cradley Heath | News | Published:

A Second World War bomb was found in the loft of a Black Country home.

The Second World War bomb. Picture: West Midlands Police

Emergency services and a bomb disposal team rushed to the scene in Mogul Lane, Cradley Heath, shortly after 3pm on Thursday.

Officers from West Midlands Police joined forces with The Royal Logistic Corps and Dudley Council at the scene following the discovery.

The ordnance was confirmed inactive and removed by the team of experts.

Black Country historian Stephen Richards said he thought the object found was a German incendiary bomb known as a B1E.

Mr Richards, author of The Luftwaffe over Brum, said: "There were numerous types of incendiary bomb. The most prolific were of two basically similar types – the B1E (Brandbomb, 1kg Elektron) and a derivative fitted with a small explosive charge, the B1E-ZA.

"Incendiaries of both types utilised magnesium and were dropped in containers known as the BSK 36 which, as the designation implies, carried 36 1kg bombs.

Officers at the scene. Picture: West Midlands Police

"After leaving the aircraft the container opened in mid-air to disgorge its contents. A 2kg bomb was an option (16 of these could be carried in the BSK container).

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"Some incendiaries were fitted with a seven-minute delay fuse intended to deter interference by civil defence personnel."

It comes as the second incident involving the discovery of a Second World War object in the area in a matter of months.

Bomb disposal experts were called in earlier this year after a Second World War grenade found in Cradley Heath garage.

A police cordon was put in place and residents were advised to leave their homes around Hillbank Road and Furlong Lane.

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Neighbours spoke of their shock at the time after the grenade was discovered in a wooden box alongside other ammunition.

The bomb disposal team spent around 15 minutes on the scene before leaving and a police officer declared everything was 'clear and safe'.

The Luftwaffe over Brum is available at www.birminghamair-raids.co.uk

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

Trainee Express & Star reporter covering Dudley and Sandwell. Get in touch on 01902 319445 or via luke.bartlett@expressandstar.co.uk.

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