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  • Bomb squad say device is 'not a bomb'
  • Device is 'old Victorian pressure vessel'
  • Stores evacuated on Maesglas Retail Park
  • 190 pupils evacuated from nearby school
  • Cordon has been set up after workmen found what is believed to be a Second World War bomb.

9:19pm

Gwent Police have said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) have now established that the device found this afternoon on a construction site at Maesglas Retail Park is not a bomb and does not pose any risk to the public. 

The EOD have described it as an "old Victorian pressure vessel".

7:50pm

Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD) team at outer cordon of Mendalgief Retail Park. Pic: Jon Bevan

South Wales Argus:

 

6:50pm

The Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD) have arrived at Maesglas Retail Park.

South Wales Argus:

5:47pm

Newport Bus say their 35/36 service are still operating via Cardiff Rd only due to the road closures.

5:27pm

Pictures of the unexploded device from site manager Ian Griffiths:

South Wales Argus:

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5:15pm

Congestion is reported on Docks Way in both directions between Maesglas Retail Park roundabout and the Mendalgief Road junction because of the bomb incident.

5:13pm

4:51pm

Are you caught in congestion around Docks Road and Mendalgief Road? Let us know newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or tweet @southwalesargus

4:49pm

Gwent Police confirmed nine properties on Mendalgief Road have been evacuated

They added residents are advised to avoid the area if possible as the cordon has resulted in a number of road closures which have created significant congestion.

4:33pm

4:32pm

4:20pm

The YMCA on Mendalgief Road is shut too:

 

4:00pm

The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Division) representative has arrived at scene in unmarked vehicle.

4:00pm

For all those concerned, I have had assurance the animals at Pets at Home have been made safe and have all they need. The vet from Pets at Home went into the store with police to make sure the animals were ok and had food and water. She said: "There's no concern there."

3:45pm

2:54pm

Inspector Hocking-Brown of Gwent Police confirmed EOD have said it could be an unexploded device after looking at photos. The bomb squad are now on their way but police say it could be an hour until they arrive.

2:41pm

2:41pm

There were certainly bombs dropped on the area during the Second World War as this list shows.

2:33pm

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2:27pm

Our reporter Laura Lea says workmen alerted police after finding device about four feet down as they were digging to erect bollards putside the store. The device is about 18 inches in diameter and a reddish colour with straps.

A police inspector at the scene says it is only partly exposed so its true size is unknown. The nature of the device is yet to be confirmed by bomb squad.

2:24pm

2:21pm

Around 190 pupils have been evacuated from St Michael's RC Primary School on nearby Baldwin Close.

2:20pm

Gwent Police confirmed they werer dealing with "a possible bomb." A spokesman said Maesglas Retail Park had been evacuated and a cordon put in place "as a precautionary measure" and that they had informed the The Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD).

They are advising people to avoid the area if possible as the cordon has resulted in a number of road closures which have created significant congestion.

2:08pm

Docks Way is closed both ways due the reported discovery of bomb. A diversion is in place via the SDR.

2:05pm

Reader Rob Higgins took this shot of the evacuation earlier:

South Wales Argus:

2:02pm

Picture from Lee Evans of police at the scene and shoppers being evacuated:

South Wales Argus:

2:00pm

1:58pm

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1:56pm

Scene of the bomb scare:

1:54pm

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1:53pm

Staff have been warned that the cordon will remain for at least four-five hours.

1:52pm

1:50pm

Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb'.

Tile and Bath Co, Lidl, Next, Argos, Dreams, TK Maxx, b&m, Home and Bargains and Pets at Home have all been evacuated.

Police have started to evacuate nearby homes in Pill. Traffic is being redirected via Cardiff Road and the SDR.

1:47pm

A 500m cordon has been set up around Pets at Home after people were evacuated at around 1.30pm.

 

1:46pm

Stores have been evacuated at Maesglas Retail Park after a 'WWII bomb' has been found.

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4:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

jct says...

It's probably a can of coke knowing Gwent police !! Anything to get a bit of attention
It's probably a can of coke knowing Gwent police !! Anything to get a bit of attention jct
  • Score: -22

4:48pm Mon 16 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

If they can hang about until the Nato conference maybe they can get Angela Merkel to take it back home with her....of course it could be Yank bomb...those flyboys wern't too fussy after ten pints and an injection of liquid Dexedrine. Drop anything anywhere in WW2. Like my Aunty Freda.
If they can hang about until the Nato conference maybe they can get Angela Merkel to take it back home with her....of course it could be Yank bomb...those flyboys wern't too fussy after ten pints and an injection of liquid Dexedrine. Drop anything anywhere in WW2. Like my Aunty Freda. KarloMarko
  • Score: -7

5:07pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

It has been confirmed that it is a WWll bum!
It has been confirmed that it is a WWll bum! Floppy backed
  • Score: -1

6:48pm Mon 16 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Some of us are old enough to remember "Quatermass and the Pit". It looked just like that thing. Newport, just fill it in and walk away. Dont go.messing with "The Beast".
Some of us are old enough to remember "Quatermass and the Pit". It looked just like that thing. Newport, just fill it in and walk away. Dont go.messing with "The Beast". KarloMarko
  • Score: -4

7:23pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Magor says...

Move it to the city centre,could do with some demolition.
Move it to the city centre,could do with some demolition. Magor
  • Score: -4

7:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Don't panic, don't panic!
Don't panic, don't panic! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Jinxey says...

Magor wrote:
Move it to the city centre,could do with some demolition.
It has already been demolished....
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Move it to the city centre,could do with some demolition.[/p][/quote]It has already been demolished.... Jinxey
  • Score: 14

7:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bravoscar says...

Let it blow no loss
Let it blow no loss bravoscar
  • Score: -6

9:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

displayed says...

Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb'
Well they would "know" wouldn't they!

All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal...............
..............
Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb' Well they would "know" wouldn't they! All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal............... .............. displayed
  • Score: -3

9:51pm Mon 16 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

So it isn't a bomb. What is it then?

The advance party for an invasion from Mars?

Ula!
So it isn't a bomb. What is it then? The advance party for an invasion from Mars? Ula! -trigg-
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Mon 16 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Not a bomb?! Next you'll be telling us there's no Santa and Nick Clegg lies to get elected! We don't read your paper to be told there's not a WW2 bomb in Newport after your ace reporter printed a big list of them! All good ones.

We need a world class bomb to put us on the map....or take us off it. Time for the Argus to launch an
appeal...
Not a bomb?! Next you'll be telling us there's no Santa and Nick Clegg lies to get elected! We don't read your paper to be told there's not a WW2 bomb in Newport after your ace reporter printed a big list of them! All good ones. We need a world class bomb to put us on the map....or take us off it. Time for the Argus to launch an appeal... KarloMarko
  • Score: 0

8:57am Tue 17 Jun 14

mikewelsh says...

Pressured Vessel. Could it be a Thermos flask from a tea break when the units where being built or a Keg of Guinness maybe?
Pressured Vessel. Could it be a Thermos flask from a tea break when the units where being built or a Keg of Guinness maybe? mikewelsh
  • Score: 3

9:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

displayed wrote:
Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb'
Well they would "know" wouldn't they!

All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal...............

..............
It was confirmed by someone from the Ordnance - therefore a professional who you would think would know the difference between a piece of scrap and a real bomb. All in all the bomb squad were there about 7hrs to confirm it wasnt a bomb now I find that quite unsettling.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb' Well they would "know" wouldn't they! All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal............... ..............[/p][/quote]It was confirmed by someone from the Ordnance - therefore a professional who you would think would know the difference between a piece of scrap and a real bomb. All in all the bomb squad were there about 7hrs to confirm it wasnt a bomb now I find that quite unsettling. Floppy backed
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

GogExile says...

Floppy backed wrote:
displayed wrote:
Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb'
Well they would "know" wouldn't they!

All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal...............


..............
It was confirmed by someone from the Ordnance - therefore a professional who you would think would know the difference between a piece of scrap and a real bomb. All in all the bomb squad were there about 7hrs to confirm it wasnt a bomb now I find that quite unsettling.
What did you think they should have done? Turned up and kicked it a few times to establish whether it was unexploded ordinance? Maybe there's a IPhone app? Personally, I want them to take as much time as they feel they need. Sorry if some people were late for their tea or coronation Street but one hasty decision could mean the EOD team never see their families again.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb' Well they would "know" wouldn't they! All that disruption, loss of livelihoods, income an various resources for a chunk of metal............... ..............[/p][/quote]It was confirmed by someone from the Ordnance - therefore a professional who you would think would know the difference between a piece of scrap and a real bomb. All in all the bomb squad were there about 7hrs to confirm it wasnt a bomb now I find that quite unsettling.[/p][/quote]What did you think they should have done? Turned up and kicked it a few times to establish whether it was unexploded ordinance? Maybe there's a IPhone app? Personally, I want them to take as much time as they feel they need. Sorry if some people were late for their tea or coronation Street but one hasty decision could mean the EOD team never see their families again. GogExile
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Riley2012 says...

If you look close enough isn't that a plug on the end of the wire. A plug in blow yourself up bomb. I DON'T THINK SO.............
If you look close enough isn't that a plug on the end of the wire. A plug in blow yourself up bomb. I DON'T THINK SO............. Riley2012
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Vauxfiat says...

Just can't be too careful these days. It could have been anything. I think the right decision was made to evacuate
Just can't be too careful these days. It could have been anything. I think the right decision was made to evacuate Vauxfiat
  • Score: -1

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