Two men arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion in Worle

Bomb scare at Appletree Court in Worle. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Bomb scare at Appletree Court in Worle. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Two men remain under arrest this evening (Tuesday) on suspicion of causing an explosion in Worle earlier today.

Avon and Somerset police arrested the men, aged 20 and 21, following an incident in the Appletree Court area in which members of the public heard two loud bangs at around 4.30am.

MORE: Road sealed off and bomb disposal called.

The Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) experts put a 100m cordon in place around the Bristol Road roundabout near the Summerhouse pub as a precaution.

They located a small device but confirmed it posed no ongoing risk to the public.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism or domestic terrorism related.

A small lane in Appletree Court was closed while police carried out enquiries but has since been re-opened.

A police spokesman said: "We are now carrying out a precautionary search of a second property in the Forth Avenue area of Portishead which is directly linked to this morning's incident.

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"We do not believe there is any risk to the wider public and we'll continue to work with our emergency service colleagues and the EOD as our inquiry progresses."

Investigating officer, Rich Horsfall, said: "We appreciate there has been a lot of disruption and inconvenience for those living in some of our North Somerset communities today and I'd like to thank people for their continuing support.

"Our investigation is progressing and two people remain under arrest.

"We'll continue to make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum.

"Our priority will always be public safety and with that in mind, we have to take precautionary measures when dealing with investigations such as this one."

Neighbourhood officers will continue to patrol areas impacted by today's incident to provide additional reassurance.