Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that on Sunday evening (26 November) it performed a controlled explosion of a device found on Bedford Embankment.
In a statement on its social media channels on Sunday afternoon, the police said they were dealing with a “suspicious device” that had been recovered from the river.
Parts of some roads around the Embankment, including the High Street, Albany Road, Newnham Road and Castle Road, were closed while a team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit investigated.
“A team from the EOD unit attended the scene and the device was moved to a safe location where a controlled explosion was successfully carried out,” said a police spokesperson.
The explosion was heard in Bromham, Biddenham and Oakley, with one resident in Bromham writing on Facebook that “[I] thought lightning had struck the house – the whole house vibrated with a huge crack and bang.”
In 2021, following a spate of road closures triggered by a series of devices being found in the river by people ‘magnet fishing’, Bedford Borough Council confirmed that the practice was not permitted on the River Great Ouse.
The Bedford Independent has contacted Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police this morning for further information and will update the story throughout the day.