An army bomb disposal team has been called to Crawley after a wartime shell was discovered on the A23 this afternoon (Friday August 15).
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said the one-and-a-half foot long shell was found by workmen carrying out roadworks just before midday.
Officers have closed a section of the A23 London Road between the Fleming Way roundabout at Astral Towers and the Lowfield Heath roundabout.
An army bomb disposal team has been contacted and is on its way to inspect the shell.
Nearby hotels have been contacted and asked to keep their guests inside while the incident is dealt with.
Inspector Andy Sanford said: “We have closed the road for the protection of the public in case the shell is live.
“The road will have to remain closed until the bomb disposal team has assessed the scene but Gatwick Airport remains open and passengers can still get there via Gatwick Road.
“We apologise for any delays this may cause but we have to make sure the area is safe.”