Moment controlled explosion takes place in Glasgow field as …
The controlled explosion, believed to be linked to a ‘suspect item’ found within an address in Springburn on Monday, took place in fields near Carrick Packaging, just off Red Road, at around 1.20pm this afternoon (April 18).
Around a dozen workers stood and watched the explosive scenes unfold, from a safe distance. It comes after emergency services descended on a flat in Petershill Road, Springburn, on Monday, April 17.
The bomb squad, also known as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, removed the item from the property on Monday before returning today where a controlled explosion has taken place.
Danielle Nicol, 37, who works at Carrick Packaging, captured the scary moment on her phone and told Glasgow Live: “We saw the bomb disposal van park up put the item in the van and drove it across the road.
“Two guys in dark clothes took a little metal red box to the field, started digging a hole and put the item in the hole. Police officers cordoned off the area around the field.
“The next minute you know, it was set off.
“We all jumped and got a fright when it happened. We weren’t even warned they were going to do that so close to our work.”
A police cordon remains as well as partial road closures on Petershill Road, Red Road, Oatfield Street and Dykemuir Street with diversions in place.
The road closures mean Danielle can’t drive into work and has to park further away.
She added: “It’s frightening to think that was in somebody’s home. We drive along that road everyday and a lot of our colleagues walk up that road everyday to go home.
“It’s terrifying that things like that are happening so close to home.
“The road is still closed and we can’t get our cars in and out of our work. We are having to walk across the fields to get out.
“We usually use Red Road or Petershill Road to enter but they are closed. We are not even allowed to walk along those roads so all of our staff are having to come in through the back entrance.”
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that a Royal Navy team attended Petershill Road after being called by Police Scotland.
A MOD spokesperson said: “I can confirm that a Royal Navy EOD Team from Charlie Sqn, Northern Diving Group, attended Petershill Road, Glasgow, at the request of Police Scotland.
“The team identified various items of interest and have handed the scene back over to Police Scotland. The team remain tasked to aid the investigation.”
A Royal Navy Spokesperson added: “The Diving and Threat Exploitation Group, Charlie Squadron, are assisting Police Scotland with an investigation at a property in the Petershill Road area of Glasgow.
“The Royal Navy bomb disposal experts were called following the discovery of a suspect device at the property yesterday.
“A controlled explosion was carried out earlier today to make the item safe.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing following the removal of a suspect item within a flat in Petershill Road, Springburn, Glasgow by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal on Monday, 17 April 2023.
“As a precautionary measure, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal have returned today, Tuesday, 18 April 2023, to conduct a further search.
“A 50-year-old-man was arrested on Monday, 17 April in connection with the incident.
“A cordon remains and there are still partial road closures on Petershill Road, Red Road, Oatfield Street and Dykemuir Street with diversions in place.
“Residents are being supported by the local authority.”
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