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Alert in Stranraer
PARTS OF STRANRAER
including a building site were sealed off by police on Tuesday
afternoon, after workmen found what they thought was an unexploded
The armyís Explosive
Ordnance Division in Edinburgh were quickly contacted, and
rushed to the scene. They identified it as an inert small
practice bomb and took it away. No action was needed. The
cordon was then lifted and roads were reopened.
McGarva, a labourer from Roberson & Davidson Builders, discovered
the shell when digging sand to make cement. The
sand had been delivered to contractors at the old SAI site
on the corner of Edinburgh Road and Station Street.
and a co-worker then cleaned up the mysterious device to discover
exactly what it was. Robin said
it was a big stone at first.
"I was digging
a pile of sand into the mixer to make cement, when I touched
it with my spade.
know what it could be, so Davie Agnew (another labourer)
and I then gave it a bit of a wash to clean it."
It then dawned
on Robin and Davie that the "stone" was actually an unexploded
bomb. Davie said
"I canít believe
we actually washed the thing, but we hadnít realised what