WATCH: Controlled explosion after WWII bomb is found

A possible Second World War munition found in the river Tyne has been detonated in a controlled explosion.

Bomb experts were called to the former Swan Hunter shipyard yesterday (Tuesday) after the possible munition was found during a dredging of the river and brought to shore.

World War II bomb is detonated on Tynemouth Longsands beach.

World War II bomb is detonated on Tynemouth Longsands beach.

And today, police carried out a controlled detonation of the munition at Longsands beach in Tynemouth.

A 200 metre cordon was put in place while extra officers were in the area speaking with people and offering reassurance.

Part of the Swan Hunter site was evacuated on Tuesday after the bomb was found just after 11.30am.

A HGV driver, who transports dredged materials away from the river, said he had arrived at 6am and his was one of around 10 wagons stopped from entering the site.

“We’ve been stopped from going down there because they said they may have found an unexploded bomb in the river,” he said.

“I’ve been waiting in the queue for ages. The lads on the weigh bridge said there’s been a three foot shell found. I haven’t seen anything myself, because they are preventing us from going down there from the top car park.”

Work is taking place at the former shipyard to transform it into a new business hub, attracting potential offshore businesses.