Joan Cochrane, who lives in the adjoining house, had been helping Ken and Mike clear the woman's home.
She said: "Our neighbour was a very elderly lady, in her 80s, and she was taken into hospital not all that long ago and then moved straight into a residential home.
"We do come across them from time to time but you can never be too careful with these things.
WWI 'bomb' found in fireplace
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Homes were evacuated and parts of Rivington Road and Chiltern Drive cordoned off by the police, with ambulance and fire crews waiting on standby while the bomb disposal squad rushed to the scene from Chester.
"It was mayhem here after that we had police cars, a fire engine and an ambulance.
Ken said: "It looked like the top of a mortar shell but it still had the pin in it and a timing mechanism around the top. It was about a foot long and Classic Cortez Forrest Gump
"It was quite tense waiting for the bomb disposal squad to arrive they cordoned off the whole of next door and at first they were going to evacuate me, but then they said I could go back in the house if I kept to the front."
the fireplace, apparently being used as an ornament.
"We asked a few of the neighbours what they thought and we didn't think it looked entirely safe, so we put it in the garage and called the police.
A QUIET Hale street descended into mayhem when a World War One mortar shell was found in a fireplace.
Army explosive experts dashed to the house on Rivington Road on Tuesday when workmen contracted to clear out an elderly lady's home called police to say they had found a bomb.
Sergeant Tom Hankey of the army bomb squad said: "There was no chance of it blowing up it is an empty shell.
The four inch diameter black shell, about a foot in length and labelled with a serial number, would have been loaded with a small explosive Nike Cortez For Ladies charge and ball bearings before being fired from an artillery cannon. But fortunately the shell was Nike Cortez Red Snakeskin
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They were clearing out the semi detached property whose occupant has moved into residential care when they spotted the mortar standing in Nike Wmns Classic Cortez Nylon Black/Metallic Silver
The discovery was made on Tuesday by Ken Wetherill and his colleague Mike Finn.
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"The contractors were called in to clear her house and I was trying to help them decide what to throw away as she didn't have any relatives nearby. They were doing the living room and they came to me and said they had found something that looked like a military device.
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