When an unexploded World War 2 bomb was discovered in Birmingham this week, it caused havoc for local residents and commuters.
The discovery of the bomb, by some construction workers, forced the closure of junctions four Coleshill to seven Great Barr of the M6 and the A38(M) Aston Expressway - both crucial arterials roads into the city. Trains into New Street were also suspended. Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of the 70-year-old SC2 50 device, which weighed 250kg and contained 139kg of explosives.
To safety detonate the bomb, the experts surrounded it with 250 tonnes of sand - direct from Tarmac's Hints Quarry. Tarmac received the call for help and worked quickly to get the sand delivered to the site.
Paul Conlon, project manager, said: “I received a phone call from our client on Monday with a strange request asking for 250 tonnes of sand to be delivered to a site in Birmingham. I thought at first it was for delivery on Tuesday morning and thought that wouldn’t be an issue. But as the conversation went on, they explained it was to surround a WW2 unexploded bomb that had been uncovered on a building site earlier in the day. We got onto it straight away, and were able to deliver the sand to the site within five hours. The actual tipping of the sand was coordinated by West Midlands Police and the Ministry of Defence.
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