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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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Museum closed after live bomb discovery

A live Bofors shell sticking out of the gravel Credit: Royal Submarine Museum

A museum was temporarily closed this morning after a live bomb was 'delivered' to it. Gravel was dredged up from the seabed to fill a cofferdam around HMS Alliance at the Royal Submarine Museum in Gosport. But when it was delivered staff noticed a live Bofors shell sticking out of the gravel.

A Royal Navy bomb squad was dispatched to take the shell away for a controlled explosion. Some visitors were turned away until the museum was re-opened at 10:30am today. Bofors shells were commonly used by surface ships during the Second World War.

The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team Credit: Royal Submarine Museum
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