Unexploded WW2 bomb found in city center lake by man looking for his sunglasses

A man looking for his sunglasses, which he had dropped in the lake in Greenbank Park in Liverpool, found an unexploded WW2 bomb that sparked a major police and army operation, sources say

A suspected World War II bomb has been found in a park in Liverpool
A suspected World War II bomb has been found in a park in Liverpool

An unexploded WW2 bomb was found by a man looking for his sunglasses, which he dropped in a lake while fishing.

Police cordoned off the park in Liverpool and members of the army were seen carrying sandbags to where the bomb lay.

One person told that Liverpool echo : “I was walking the dog in Greenbank Park when I saw two boys in the lake. One had lost his glasses so he looked for them and that’s when he found the bomb.

“The next minute the police came and the park was closed and the police told people to stay away. Bomb disposal officers were also seen shoveling near the lake near the site.”

Police later confirmed a suspected “dud” had been found in Liverpool Park.

Police cordoned off the park while the suspected bomb was removed

There was much discussion on social media about the unexploded bomb, and one person tweeted video of what appeared to be a controlled explosion by the Army Bomb Squad.

A plume of smoke could be seen surrounding the bomb with the sandbags.

The Twitter user wrote: ” A bunch of guys fished a WWII bomb out of Greenbank Park Lake and the park was locked down and set on fire.”

Another person tweeted: ” My brother was fishing and his sunglasses fell in the lake.

“They fished her out between some bottles and a bomb! The army just detonated them when you heard a bang?”

Many others also reported hearing that there was a bomb in the city park.

The bomb appeared to have been protected from detonation by sandbags


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“Greenbank Park in Liverpool is closed and cordoned off to the public. Police and (I think) bomb disposal teams on site dealing with some sort of UXO at the benches…crowds of spectators gathering, some with beers,” wrote another.

It caused quite a surprise for those who pass the park regularly.

“Crazy to think of how many times I’ve walked around the lake in Greenbank Park and the whole time there was a bomb in the lake,” one person said.

Another said: “Greenbank Park is closed and the army is here because they appear to have found a bomb.”

A spokesman for Merseyside Police told Liverpool Echo: “We can confirm that an object believed to be an unexploded ordnance was found in Greenbank Park yesterday, Tuesday 7 June. Officers were called to the scene around 5:20 p.m. A member of the public reported finding the device in the park’s lake.

“The area was cordoned off while the Army EOD controlled the item’s explosion. We thank the public for their patience while the incident was being dealt with.”

Liverpool was heavily bombed in the early years of World War II due to its industry.

The Imperial War Museums website specified : “Liverpool experienced its first air raid in August 1940 and was regularly attacked in the autumn of 1940 with 15 air raids in September and nine in October.

“However, the first major raid took place on November 28-29, when it was hit by 350 tons of high-explosive bombs, 30 land mines and 3,000 incendiary devices. Almost 300 people were killed.”

The Mirror have reached out to Merseyside Police for comment.

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