Published on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:36 am.

New Time for World War Two Bomb to be Exploded after Issues

Bomb Ryde

New Time given for controlled explosion will be carried out between 1000 and 1100 today by Royal Navy bomb disposal experts.
After an unexploded German 500kg bomb (WWII) has been found on the seabed in Portsmouth Harbour yesterday(Sep 29). The device was located by a barge carrying out dredging works ahead of the arrival of the Navy’s new aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth – next spring.

At midnight tonight Royal Navy bomb disposal experts will tow the device into open waters 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight to dispose of the device in a controlled explosion. The controlled explosion is likely to be carried out in daylight hours (Friday).


A dive at 1130 today confirmed that the device was in fact detonated at 0700 this morning.

There was no plume at 0700 which led the RN bomb disposal team to believe that a second controlled explosion was necessary.

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