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Explosive action at Blackhill Quarry

Bomb disposal

Bomb-disposal team carries out controlled explosions on WWII ammo found at Leeds University

THERE was drama at Mone Brothers’ Blackhill Quarry, in Bramhope, north Leeds, recently when an Army bomb-disposal team was called in to carry out controlled explosions on a cache of World War II ammunition found during a routine inspection of Leeds University.

‘There’s never a dull day here at Blackhill,’ commented quarry manager Craig Morrell. ‘The artefacts were deemed too unsafe to be kept at the university and were transported to the quarry where bomb-disposal experts were on hand to carry out six controlled explosions with varying degrees of intensity.’

Blackhill Quarry, which is owned and operated by the Mone Brothers’ quarrying, recycling and plant hire business, is no stranger to the limelight, having featured on TV several times over the years in programmes such as Emmerdale, Heartbeat and A Touch of Frost.

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