A loud bang rang out across Colchester this evening after a bomb unit was called to deal with an unexploded grenade this evening (November 22).
Emergency services were called to Bourne Road following the discovery.
It is understood the dangerous device was pulled from Bourne Pond.
A specialist army bomb disposal unit attended the scene in order to carry out a controlled explosion.
Members of the public were advised to avoid the area while the operation was carried out at around 11pm.
Prior to the explosion, a spokesperson for Essex Police said: “Earlier this evening an unexploded grenade was pulled out of Bourne Pond nr Bourne Rd, Colchester.
“An army bomb disposal unit will carry out a controlled explosion to make it safe at around 11.10pm today.
“This may cause a loud noise but we don’t want residents to be concerned.
They added: “We’re asking that residents keep clear from the area though for their own safety.
“We appreciate this is taking place late on a Sunday night but it’s important the grenade is made safe.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding.”