Bombs on airfield found and destroyed

Bomb disposal unit
Bomb disposal unit

Seven wartime hand grenades have been found and destroyed on the former airfield in Montrose in the last week.

The grenades were uncovered by GE Oil and Gas staff who have been carrying out engineering work on the vacant land off Charleton Road as part of the company’s £9 million plans to invest and develop its Subsea Systems facility on the site.

Five grenades were found last Thursday (March 27) and were destroyed just before 7 p.m. after being discovered at around 4 p.m.

Last Tuesday (March 25), work stopped after engineers discovered two possibly live explosives.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron from the Edinburgh troop attended the scene to make the items safe and carried out a controlled explosion, which let off a loud bang, at around 4.20 p.m.

Any army spokesperson said: “They found some old ordnance in the form of old grenades, probably from World War Two.

“These were destroyed in situ by means of a controlled explosion.”

The bomb disposal team were joined by local police officers.

Neil Gazeley, GE Oil and Gas Subsea Systems communications leader, said: “The currently undeveloped grassland forms part of the former Royal Air Force Airfield (RAF Montrose) and a recent survey of the site indicated the possibility of buried ordnance.

“GE Oil & Gas has engaged specialist contractors to deal with the clearance work and they are working with Police Scotland.

“There is an exclusion zone around the area where the grenades were found to ensure safety of site workers and the general public.”