UPDATED: Controlled explosion after bomb disposal squad called when "substance of concern" discovered
THE bomb disposal squad were called to a property in Bolton after a “substance of concern” was discovered.
The police and the army were called to Royston Avenue in Tonge Moor and the road, which borders Moorgate Primary School, was cordoned off.
A controlled explosion has now been carried out.
Residents close to the scene were evacuated but have now been allowed back into their homes.
Bomb disposal teams cut a hole in the fence next to the school playing fields andplaced sandbags on the playing fields.
Earlier today, pupils were still inside the school, however, the shutters had all been put down.
One mother, of a nine-year-old pupil at the school, said: "I'm not worried. The police and army are dealing with it. I've not had a phone call to tell me to pick my child up so I know they're safe in there."
A spokesman for GMP said: "We have had reports of a substance that is of some concern so we have a cordon in place. We will be issuing a statement shortly."
One resident told The Bolton News they thought the problem could be an unexploded bomb.
Eunice Rodmell, aged 79, said: "Someone told me it was something to do with an unexploded bomb.
"I just hope it's not serious. We've been told we may have to evacuate if it is."
Police said a "small amount of a chemical" was found in the house.
Officers were called at 11am following reports that a chemical had been found in a jar.
Police and fire officers arrived at the scene and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team were called out to examine the jar.
The EOD team are expected to carry out a controlled explosion of the jar this afternoon.
Superintendent Mark Bell, based at Bolton, said: “At the moment we are managing a cordon with our colleagues from the fire service and the decision has been made to carry out a controlled explosion of the substance which it is believed may have become unstable due to the years it has been at the premises.
“I want to reassure the public that this incident is in no way linked to any terrorist activity.
“We are working hard to resolve this incident as quickly as possible, with a minimum of disruption to the local community and the safety of the public is our utmost priority.
“We will update residents as soon as we have brought this incident to its conclusion.”
Deborah Hopwood, headteacher of Moorgate Primary School, said: “We have been informed that a substance of concern has been discovered on Royston Avenue, Tonge Moor.
“The school will remain open untill its usual closing time of 3.30pm.
“However, after school clubs will not be running today. All parents of children who were attending after school clubs have been contacted and are collecting children as normal. There are currently road closures of 100m around the school.”
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