The Bomb Squad were called to British Sugar in Bury yesterday (Tuesday) after an explosive device was found in a sugar beet load.
Mike Blowers, factory manager, said: “A small piece of military ordinance was delivered in a sugar beet load. It was separated from the beet in our stone removal system, isolated and dealt with by the Royal Logistic Corps’ bombs disposal unit.”
A spokesman for the Army’s Colchester Garrison said: “On inspection they were found to be three solid shot shells and two 8lb practice bombs, which all contained no explosives and dated to the Second World War. The items were recovered for safe disposal.
“We would encourage the public to raise the alarm if they do have concerns about any suspect items and not touch them. It is better to be safe than sorry.”
Police were called at 12.10pm and were advised the area was safe at 3.45pm.