Dramatic moment 'grenade' is exploded by bomb disposal units on playing fields as huge cordon put in place

A huge explosion was carried out after the device had been 'dug up'
-Credit: (Image: Westbury Sports Club)

Dramatic footage has revealed the moment a suspected grenade was exploded by bomb disposal units on a playing field in Bury.

Police, fire crews and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD) attended an incident on Rivington Drive at around 11.15am on Sunday (June 30) after the device was uncovered.

A 100m cordon was put in place in the area before a 'controlled explosion' was carried out by specialist teams after the device was moved from the scene.

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Footage now taken at nearby Westbury Sports Club shows the moment that bomb disposal units along with other emergency services swarmed the playing field to carry out the explosion.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they had been called to reports of a suspected grenade being found, with the area taped off 'for the safety of the community' as crews worked at the scene.

The Manchester Evening News understood the device had been 'dug up'. No arrests were made in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said on Sunday: "We are currently responding to an incident on Rivington Drive in Bury where a suspected grenade has been found. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are in attendance with a 100m cordon in place to ensure the safety of the community."

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service added: "Shortly after 11.15am today (Sunday, 30 June), two fire engines from Whitefield and Bolton North fire stations, and the Technical Response Unit from Ashton-under-Lyne Community Fire Station, were called to attend an incident on Rivington Drive, Bury.

“Crews arrived quickly and are working alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police to make the area safe."