Pensioner finds wartime bomb in Edinburgh home

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BOMB disposal experts yesterday carried out a controlled detonation of a wartime explosive – which an elderly woman found in her house.

The device, believed to be a Second World War grenade or mortar round, was discovered by a pensioner on Saturday night as she was clearing out her home in the Granton area of Edinburgh.

Police were alerted and remained at the scene overnight as a precaution.

Army bomb engineers moved the explosive to an area of open land in nearby Gypsy Brae for examination yesterday.

It was then transported to a quarry in Kirknewton, with a police escort, where it was detonated as a precaution.

APolice Scotland spokesman said: “We called bomb disposal as a precaution, and they have carried out a controlled detonation.”

Last June, a bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion in Edinburgh city centre after four Second World War hand grenades, thought to have belonged to a member of the Home Guard, were discovered in the back garden of a Georgian townhouse.

The grenades was found by a workman using a mini-digger at the rear of a property in Melville Street, yards from the Danish, Russian and Italian consulates.