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Controlled explosion after Second World War bomb sparks evacuation in Penge

PUBLISHED: 15:49 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 20 June 2017

A cordon was set up at the junction of Kingswood Road and Penge High Street after the Second World War Bomb was discovered on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Nik Oliver

A cordon was set up at the junction of Kingswood Road and Penge High Street after the Second World War Bomb was discovered on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Nik Oliver

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The ordnance was discovered on Tuesday afternoon

An explosion echoed around Penge on Tuesday after a Second World War bomb detonated in Betts Park.

The unexploded bomb was discovered on Kingswood Road, just off the High Street, that afternoon.

Cordons were put in place and 20 people were evacuated from surrounding shops and homes following the discovery of the small shell just after 1pm.

Police at the scene assured nearby residents the explosive, which was more than 70-years-old, posed “no risk to surrounding houses”.

The shell was then safely escorted to nearby Betts Park, less than a mile away, where a controlled explosion took place at around 3pm.

Penge and Cator Police apologised to residents for the noise coming from the explosion.

Two fire engines were called to the scene carrying fire fighters from Beckenham and Forest Hill stations, who helped to asist with the evacuation.

All evacuees have since returned to their properties.

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