A World War Two mortar has been blown up by an army bomb squad after a shocked member of the public discovered it at Pickering Showground.
The bomb was safely detonated at 9am this morning by bomb disposal experts in a controlled explosion, which could be heard two miles away.
The elite explosives squad was called to the site on Wednesday afternoon by police, after the force received a call that a suspect device had been found at the showground, which is the base for the annual Pickering Wartime Weekend.
Upon arrival, North Yorkshire Police put a 200m cordon around the explosive device, as the bomb squad worked through the night to safely detonate the device.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called by a member of the public at 2.40pm on Wednesday 4 December, reporting that they had found a suspect device at Pickering Showground.
“On the advice military bomb disposal experts, a 200m police cordon was put in place at the scene.
“The World War Two mortar was safely detonated, just after 9am on Thursday 5 December.”