UPDATE 1.34pm: World War 2 bomb found at The Circus in Bath
UPDATE 1.34pm: A man who inadvertently sparked a bomb scare has revealed he used to play with device as a child.
Tony Pease found himself at the centre of a drama last night, when he contacted the police about a World War Two incendiary device that had belonged to his father.
Mr Pease, who lives in a first-floor flat in the Circus, said the device had been in his family for years and had never been considered dangerous.
He said: “My father used to have several and we played with them as boys.
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“I was clearing an old room out and came across it. I had been thinking about what to do with it and friends suggested the sensible thing would be to get it disposed of sensibly. There was such a fuss - if I’d known I wouldn’t have called the police.”
Mr Pease’s father, Eric who used to live in the house but has since died, found the bomb during the Second World War while he was serving in the RAF.
Mr Pease added: “He used to collect all sorts of stuff - he was well known for it during the war.”
A spokesman for Bath police said officers received a call at 2.30pm. The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit arrived at the property at 4pm and the device was taken to land near Walcot Rugby Club at Lansdown and disposed of.