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Bomb squad called in after Civil War shell is found on Marbella building site

The shell was disposed of on San Pedro fairground. :: JORGE REY
The shell was disposed of on San Pedro fairground. :: JORGE REY
  • After the workers who found the old missile called the police, experts were brought in from Malaga to carry out a controlled explosion

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on San Pedro fairground last Friday after a missile from the Spanish Civil War was found on a construction site in Guadalmina, west of Marbella.

The artefact.

The artefact. / SALVADOR RODRIGUEZ

The alarm was raised at around 10.30am and the National Police called in the TEDAX bomb squad unit from Malaga to dispose of the howitzer shell, which is thought to have been there since the area was shelled by warships during the conflict.

The police activated the emergency protocol which meant that the fire brigade and ambulance services were brought in as a precaution. Roads in the immediate area were closed to traffic.

The artefact was moved to the fairground in San Pedro Alcántara, where specialists carried out a controlled explosion at around 2.30pm after the area had been cordoned off for safety.