A 500-metre exclusion zone in Coventry was lifted today after Army experts carried out a controlled explosion on a Second World War bomb found on a city centre building site.
Part of Coventry city centre was closed off by police yesterday morning after the discovery of the unexploded device during excavation work in Upper Well Street.
But a spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said all roads within the city centre had now been reopened. The spokeswoman added: "The bomb was transported to nearby waste ground for a controlled explosion by the bomb disposal unit at around 2.45am this morning. West Midlands Police thank the public for their patience and co-operation while the matter was resolved."
The discovery of the bomb forced police to evacuate shoppers from part of the city centre and to close a section of the nearby ring road, causing lengthy delays for motorists.