DRAMATIC scenes unfolded at a Scarborough car park as army bomb disposal officers detonated a live Second World War grenade.
Army officers from the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal unit were joined by police at Burniston Road Car Park after the grenade was found in a garage in Scholes Park Road at 1.30pm yesterday.
The grenade was then taken to the grassy area next to the car park by army officers in order to be detonated.
The area, which is a popular dog walking spot, was immediately cordoned off by police officers as the army disposal team from Catterick began the process of detonating the device.
A 2ft deep hole for the explosives to be placed in was then dug in the middle of the field as puzzled onlookers watched from the perimeter.
However, the explosion was held up by around 20 minutes in order for a train from the North Bay Miniature Railway to pass through the surrounding area safely.
Once the all-clear was given by army officers, an officer used a remote to detonate the device from around 100 metres away.
The enormous explosion emitted a deafening bang which rattled bystanders and set off neighbouring house alarms.
An army officer then returned to check on the explosion, which had completely obliterated the grenade, before leaving the site as police removed the surrounding cordons, allowing onlookers to inspect the damage.
A passer-by, who was out walking in the surrounding area, came rushing to investigate after hearing the blast.
PC Jamie Lord, from Scarborough Police, said: “Scarborough Police were called out after someone found a grenade in their garage.
“As a result of that we have called out the bomb disposal team, who safely detonated the grenade.”