The bomb squad was called to Gatwick Airport to deal with an unexploded World War Two bomb which had been there for so long a tree had grown round it.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said the device was discovered at 9.30am today (Tuesday March 24) in the bole of a tree close to the police dog training ground at the airport.
As a precaution, a cordon was thrown around the area and the Perimeter Road North was closed to traffic while an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team dealt with the device.
The A23 to the east of the airport was not affected and the cordon was lifted at midday after EOD experts safely removed the item for disposal by controlled explosion.
Inspector Andy Richardson, of Sussex Police, said: “The passenger shuttle between the north and south terminals was temporarily disrupted for a while but flights were not affected”
He added: “There is no suggestion of this being a terrorist incident. The item had clearly been there for a long time.”