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Miller 'bomb' was British shell

A device found at a site in Brighton widely believed to have been a bomb dropped by the German Luftwaffe turned out to be a British shell.

Around 40 workers from main contractor Miller Construction and its subcontractors were evacuated from the site after what was thought to be an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was discovered yesterday morning.

The firm is building a new five-storey teaching and administration building for the Brighton University in the city’s Falmer district. Students were also told to stay away from the site and lessons were cancelled for the rest of the day.

But an army bomb disposal team called in from Portsmouth said the device was in fact a British shell dating back to 1944.

A Miller spokesman said: “It was probably one of ours left over from the D-Day preparations. It was declared safe and we are now back on site.”

Miller is due to finish the £19.3 million deal by next summer.