An archeologist was searching for items of interest to the history of Sheffield on a building site in the city centre today when he found what are believed to be three World War Two bombs.
The excavation worker from Archaeological Services WYAS, who wished not to be named, was working alongside builders when he found the ten-inch objects.
“I was digging and suddenly saw this bomb on my shovel.”
Two more devices were found before the builders called the police, who said the objects were ‘believed to be old World War Two munition’.
The police told the builders to clear the site before closing off a 300 metre section of Matilda Street, as well as the intersecting side roads, Eyre Lane and Arundel Street.
Alf Mezulis, project manager for Bardsley Construction Ltd, said there were six construction workers on-site when the suspected munition was found.
The builders had been demolishing Silverpride industrial works next to Matilda Street Car Park in order to begin building 103 student flats.
Mr Mezulis said it was obvious the first object was a bomb simply because 'it looked like a bomb'.
One of Mr Mezulis's builders, Tom, described the devices as ten inches long and ‘very mucky, really dirty’.
They were cylindrical in shape with a rounded point at one end.
He said: "When you get a shape like that you notice it straight away.”
"All the years I have been working in machinery I have never seen anything like this before."
Police taped off and guarded the roads around the building site on Matilda Street, close to Plug nightclub and the Jury’s Inn Hotel.
Cars, pedestrians and even residents of the nearby GateCrasher apartment block were told to stay away from the area between around 11.30am and 2pm.
Some residents had been warned they may have to be evacuated.
A military bomb disposal van arrived at 1.20pm. Experts were seen running between the building site and the specialist vehicle.
The cordon was close to the Jury's Inn hotel and Plug nightclub.
The police declared the site safe and reopened the roads at around 1.50pm.