POLICE and bomb disposal experts were called in after an explosive shell found its way into rubbish at the Horsham tip.
The Civic Amenity site at Hop Oast, Worthing Road, was closed down and evacuated yesterday (Thursday) for just over 15 minutes.
Police officers from Sussex Police set up a cordon around the site and Royal Navy disposal experts were brought in to remove the device, thought to be an old military shell.
The device, which may have contained viable explosives, was removed to a separate site and destroyed in a controlled explosion.
It is not known how a potentially life-threatening explosive device found its way into recently dumped waste.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police were called to the Horsham amenity site in Worthing Road at 10.45am on Thursday 23 June, after a 30c, x 6cm shell canister, apparently of old military origin, had been found by staff in recently dumped waste.
”The source of the waste was not known and the shell was kept in a confined area so that there was no danger to the public.
“Meanwhile the site was closed by the management while police and a military ordnance disposal team attended.
“The disposal team removed the canister to another site at about equipment where we understand they safely detonated it.”
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