The army has had to be called in to deal with what is believed to be a World War One bomb found in a Nelson canal earlier today.

A member of the public who was magnet fishing in a canal off Scotland Road, Nelson, pulled out a device earlier this afternoon (July 20), which is believed to be a First World War "incendiary device".

A cordon was put in place for a number of hours, closing a section of the road near the canal, while explosive experts dealt with the device.

A post on Nelson, Brierfield and Barrowford Police's Facebook said: "A member of the public has been magnet fishing in the canal and pulled out a small device which is believed to be a small World War 1 incindiary device.

"A cordon has been put in place as a safety measure until our brilliant Army colleagues arrive to dispose of it safely.

"There is no danger to members of the public.

"Thank you for your patience whilst we deal with the matter."

Pendle Council also warned people to stay clear of the area.

In a post they said: "Please keep away from the area at the bottom of Scotland Road Nelson – the A682 - including the roundabout near the Texaco garage, just before the motorway junction 13.

"Traffic is being diverted by police due to an incident.

"Please also stay away from the canal towpath in that area of Nelson."

Lancashire police have been approached for more information.