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Suspected Second World War bomb identified by experts as fuel tank

Press Association

A suspected Second World War bomb thought to contain up to 1,000lb (450kg) of explosives which caused the evacuation of around 60 people was actually a fuel tank, police said.

The discovery of the “bomb” also led to the closure of the A259 South Coast Road when it was found shortly before 3pm on Wednesday in Peacehaven, Sussex. A 200-metre cordon was also set up.

Temporary accommodation was provided for those who were forced to leave their homes, with Sussex Police saying dozens of people were being housed in rest centres in the town.

Residents were forced to leave their homes following the discovery of a 1,000lb bomb

Residents were forced to leave their homes following the discovery of a 1,000lb bomb

But on Thursday morning the force said on Twitter: “Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts have now identified the suspect WW2 bomb in #Peacehaven as a fuel tank.”

It said those who had been evacuated were being returned home and the road closures and diversions were lifted.

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