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Stretch of A39 closed after hand grenade is found during Easter Egg Hunt

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: April 07, 2012

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Police were forced to close a section of a main road in Somerset this morning after a hand grenade was found during an Easter Egg Hunt.

One of the families taking part in the hunt near Holford raised the alarm after discovering what appeared to be a hand grenade on the side of the road.

Explosives experts and police were called to the scene, and a 100m cordon was put in place which included closing a stretch of the road.

After consultation with the Explosives Ordance Disposal, police say the road has now been reopened to traffic.

However the safety cordon will remain in place, and non-road users are being asked to avoid the area.

The affected stretch of the A39 was between Netherstowey and Kilve. Holiday traffic and heavy vehicles were being diverted along the A358, while other diversions were put in place for local traffic.

On the earlier road closure, Inspector Mike Ashwin said: "Closing the road is not a decision we have taken lightly but public safety is always our primary concern with incidents such as these.

"I appreciate this will cause disruption to motorists especially over the holiday weekend and I would ask for patience while we deal with this incident.

"Drivers are advised to avoid the area, leave extra time for their journey and follow the diversions which are in place."

The road was reopened to traffic shortly before 1pm this afternoon.

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