STOP PRESS at 18:30 – the bomb has been detonated and all road closures have been lifted except Priory Road.
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Updated Tuesday 11:15am
Aston Expressway is expected to remain closed for most of today (Tuesday 16 May) while bomb disposal experts make safe an unexploded WW2 shell.
Construction staff working at a site off Priory Road, Aston, came across the device during routine work at around 9.45am yesterday morning − and it was quickly identified as a German shell weighing up to 500lbs.
A 500-metre cordon was put in place on the advice of explosives experts which has enforced the closure of the A38 both into and out of the city.
Some businesses and houses lying within the exclusion zone have been evacuated as a precaution and rail services continue to be affected.
Birmingham Police Commander Chris Johnson, said: “An initial assessment from Army bomb disposal suggested that this was a large explosive device − that’s why an extensive cordon was put in place for public safety.
“Hundreds of homes were also evacuated and we continue to work with our partners to provide emergency accommodation and regular updates for those affected.
“Army bomb disposal experts have worked throughout the night and continue to work as quickly as possible to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. This is a major, delicate operation for which 250 tonnes of sand has been brought onto the site to assist the bomb disposal plans.
“I fully understand the impact on people’s lives that incidents like this cause. It’s important to remember that brave military staff are risking their safety to ensure that of the public
“I would like to thank the public for their continued understanding and support at this time.
More updates to follow…