VIDEO: Military blow up Second World War bomb found at Thornton house

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A bomb dating back to the Second World War has tonight been blown up by military experts.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said officers were called to a house in Thornton yesterday evening, sparking a call to the bomb squad.

"Military bomb disposal experts decided it posed a potential threat and carried out a controlled explosion at 9.30pm, at Stannah Park on the mud flats," a spokesman said.

"This neutralised the threat."

The moment was captured on video by a police officer using a bench for cover.

See tomorrow's Gazette for the full story on where the bomb was originally found, who owned it and called in police, and why it was blown up.