German war mine exploded

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have blown up a large German World War 2 mine picked up by a dredger.

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Controlled detonation in Dover

Naval explosives experts have blown up a large Second World War German bomb which was picked up by a dredger.

The 500lb device was brought to the surface on Sunday by the David Church which was operating near the entrance of Dover Harbour in Kent, a Royal Navy spokesman said.

The 1m long bomb was taken three miles out to sea off deal and detonated on the seabed by a team from Portsmouth on Sunday. A one-mile cordon was put in place to protect shipping.

We don't come across this size of bomb that often. This one was in poor condition and we could not tell if the fuses were intact or not, so the safest option was to take it out away from the busy shipping lanes and dispose of it as soon as we could."

– Lieutenant Dan Herridge, Royal Navy
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