Alert as 5,000 `mortars' dug up.BOMB disposal experts were called to a field after fears more than 5,000 live mortars had been discovered.
Excavation workers found what they believed to be World War II bombs at the Biffa landfill site landfill site n → vertedero
landfill site n → centre m d'enfouissement des déchets
landfill site land n in Silver Lane, Risley, near Warrington. Police called in the Army bomb squad after the discovery on Thursday. However, they found the devices were the type used for practice and did not contain explosives.
The field is not close to any residential areas or major roads.
The land was the base for Risley Royal Ordnance factory “Royal Ordnance Factories” redirects here. For the football club, see Royal Ordnance Factories F.C..
Royal Ordnance Factories (ROFs) was the collective name of the UK government's munitions factories in and after World War II. between 1939 and 1945 and was used to assemble hundreds of thousands of bombs.
A spokesman for Biffa said: ``The munitions mu·ni·tion
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.
tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions. were discovered during landscaping works at our site.
``We co-operated with the police and the Army to evacuate the area while they carried a search of the land.
``The land has been recently acquired by Biffa and contract workers were carrying out landscaping work in preparation for the wetland and conservation area we plan to open there.''