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M62 traffic latest: Motorway closed after unexploded bomb found – no-fly zone activated

A UK motorway has been closed and several homes evacuated following the discovery of an unexploded World War 2 bomb.

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The M62 has been shut in both directions between J35 and J37 after the device was found in East Yorkshire. The 500lb (227kg) explosive was identified by construction workers at a new housing development on Rawcliffe Road, Goole, on Thursday.

Police put a large cordon in place around surrounding areas on Thursday evening and restrictions remain.

Air traffic controllers have activated a no-fly zone above the area.

A bomb squad has been on the scene for more than 36 hours and officers confirmed the device was found to be “live”.

The M62

The M62 has been closed (Image: HullLive)


An unexploded bomb has been found in East Yorkshire (Image: BBC)

Humberside Police said plans are being made to safely detonate the explosive.

Up to eight homes in the area have been evacuated and residents in the wider regions have been asked to remain indoors.

Some businesses near the construction site have been told to close.

Authorities imposed a 1600m vertical no-fly zone over the site from 8pm on Friday to at least 3pm this afternoon.


The device was discovered at a new development in Rawcliffe Road (Image: BBC)

Highways England issued an update shortly before midday and confirmed the M62 is still shut between J35 and J37.

The traffic agency tweeted: “The #M62 remains closed in both directions between J35 #M18 and J37 #Howden due to the ongoing multi-agency incidents involving an unexploded WW2 bomb near #Goole.

“Incident being led by @Humberbeat.”

The closure is expected to remain in place until at least 7pm.

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Motorists have been advised to use alternative routes (Image: HighwaysEngland)

Motorists on the westbound stretch are being urged to exit at J37 and join the A614.

Drivers on the eastbound carriage are being told to take the exit at J34 and use the A19 northbound.

Beal Homes site manager John Sharpe said he was alerted by colleagues of the device shortly after midday on Thursday.

He said: “They didn’t know what they had dug up at first and a guy went down into the hole because we thought it was a metal pipe and as he uncovered it he realised it was a bomb and got out pretty quickly.”

In a statement, Humberside Police said: “Colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who have been on site since late [Thursday] night, have now confirmed that the device is live and are making plans to safely detonate the bomb within the next 24 hours.


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“All persons in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated as a precaution.

“Those living or staying in the wider immediate area are asked to remain indoors from 8pm this [Friday] evening.

“Businesses within the cordoned area will be asked to close until the works have been completed.

“Road diversions will be in place across all affected roads from 8pm this evening.

“For drivers using the M62, visit the Highways England website.”

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