UP to 200 people in Newhall remain away from their homes this morning as police and bomb disposal experts continue to deal with a ‘potentially volatile material’ in a home in Beards Road.
Residents were evacuated from within a 100 metre radius of the flat yesterday, after officers found the unknown substance during a search of the property.
Several controlled explosions have been carried out overnight by army officers.
A 55-year-old man was arrested yesterday following the discovery and remains in custody.
Work continued through the night to deal with the issue, which saw residents sent to Pingle School, in Coronation Street, in Swadlincote, for safety.
Derbyshire County Council emergency planning officers have been working with emergency services and voluntary groups to look after the people dispatched from their homes.
Superintendent Paul Callum, who is in charge of the operation, said this morning: “The safety of the public is paramount in these situations. We apologise for any inconvenience to the evacuees. We will let them return to their homes as soon as we can be sure the area is safe."