A BOMB disposal team were called to a Hartlepool industrial estate after the discovery of a hand grenade.
Workers from a metal recycling plant in Windermere Road, within the town’s Longhill Industrial Estate, near Belle Vue, were evacuated when a brown-coloured grenade was found in a scrap bin.
Police were informed of the find and officers cordoned off the area and closed off a section of Windermere Road.
They then contacted the bomb disposal experts from Catterick, who travelled to the scene to assess the object.
Checks showed that it was a wartime hand grenade that had been de-activated for “souvenir purposes”.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We got a call at about 1.35pm yesterday to say that a small object had been found at a local business premises which may be an old wartime hand grenade.
“We put a cordon in place and closed a small section of Windermere Road at the industrial estate.
“Staff had already left the business premises of their own accord as a precaution.
“The bomb dispoal unit from Catterick travelled down to have a look at it and found that it was a souvenir grenade that was deactivated and empty.
“The item had been found in one of the firm’s scrap metal bins.”
The cordon was lifted after the bomb disposal experts had removed the grenade by 4pm.