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Bomb disposal officers called to smoking flare in Walberswick

PUBLISHED: 17:53 02 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 06 July 2010

Bomb disposal experts were called this afternoon to a smoking metallic device at the side of the road in Walberswick, near Southwold.

Police and the fire service were originally called to The Street in Walberswick just before 1pm to reports of a suspected heath fire.

Bomb disposal experts were called this afternoon to a smoking metallic device at the side of the road in Walberswick, near Southwold.

Police and the fire service were originally called to The Street in Walberswick just before 1pm to reports of a suspected heath fire.

When the emergency services arrived, they discovered a two-foot long metallic object smoking by the side of the road which was identified as a phosphorous flare.

A 600m cordon was put in place and the B1837 road between Walberswick and Blythburgh was closed to traffic in order to keep residents safe.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said that a controlled explosion was carried out at about 5pm and that it is hoped the road will reopen by 6pm.

A spokesman for Suffolk fire service said: “”The fire service was called initially to a heath fire and attended, but then found a metallic item which was suspected to be explosive so they contacted the police and then the bomb disposal squad.”

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