A successful controlled explosion was carried out of a 500lb unexploded WWII German bomb, which was accidentally dug up by builders in Birmingham yesterday morning.
The device was found on a construction site on the Priory Road Industrial Estate in Aston, about 100 metres from the busy Aston Expressway.
Bomb disposal experts from 721 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) EOD Squadron, part of 11 EOD Regiment, used the Cutlass robot to assist in its safe disposal.
Police closed the M6 in both directions from junctions four to seven, increasing the delays experienced by motorists across the city.
West Midland Police’s Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson tweeted: “M6 now reopened following successful controlled explosion. A38 remains closed but working to reopen ASAP. Thank you for support.”
Members of 17 Squadron and 22 HQ Support Squadron of 101 (City of London) Engr Regt (EOD) built a mitigation system around the bomb using 250 tonnes of sand, to build a wall to prevent collateral damage.