A German 500lb bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour has been destroyed by Royal Navy bomb disposal experts.
The WWII device was found at 5am this morning by a barge dredging the harbour ahead of the arrival next spring of HMS Queen Elizabeth – the Royal Navy’s new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.
The bomb was towed out to open waters 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight where a controlled explosion took place at 4pm today.
Hampshire Police have confirmed a WWII German bomb found at Portsmouth Harbour has been safely towed away from the harbour.
A cordon placed around Gunwharf and Old Portsmouth has been lifted - meaning shoppers and residents can return to the area.
The bomb is expected to be blown up at some point over the next 24 hours.
Gunwharf Quays has been evacuated this morning following the discovery of a WWII German bomb.
A spokesperson for the shopping centre has confirmed that the area has been cleared temporarily.
Police are warning members of the public to avoid the area.
Those evacuated from the area will be directed to the John Pound Centre, in Queen Street, one of two rest centres set up. The other is at Portsmouth Cathedral.
The 300m cordon will also require other areas to be evacuated, including the Wight Link terminal, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth Harbour station, Gosport ferry station and the Hot Walls areas.
A WWII German bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour has now been safely moved further into the harbour to allow the continental port to temporarily re-open.
The plan is to tow the device out of the harbour later today when tidal conditions permit.
A ferry passenger has told Meridian how shocked everyone was when a WWII German bomb was discovered in Portsmouth - delaying their journey into the harbour.
Zoe Grisedale is on a Brittany Ferry travelling back from Caen in Normandy, which has been stopped following the discovery.
Zoe spoke to ITV Meridian via Skype.
The device is to be blown up in the sea off the coast later today.
Currently cross-channel ferries can't enter or leave Portsmouth. A spokesperson for Portsmouth Naval Base says they are working with Hampshire Police to minimise disruption.
A WWII German bomb, found in Portsmouth Harbour is to be destroyed.
The device was found at 5am this morning by a barge dredging the harbour ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth next spring – the Royal Navy’s new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.
A 500-metre cordon is in place around the barge as a precaution. As a result cross-channel ferries can't currently leave or enter Portsmouth continental ferry port.
Plans are in place to move the device to allow the ferries access to the port.
Some Naval Base employees have been moved to buildings outside the cordon. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is closed all day.
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have inspected the device and a plan is in place to tow it out of the harbour and destroy it in open waters off the eastern Isle of Wight.
An unexploded wartime bomb has been found at Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire. It is believed the device dates back to World War Two. It was discovered yesterday afternoon, a few hundred metres away from the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the home of the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy made arrangements to tow the device out to open water and detonate it in a controlled explosion this morning. In the meantime ferry and rail services in the area were disrupted for reasons of public safety.
A spokesperson from Wightlink ferries said the firm's scheduled sailings between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight had been affected.
The port reopened at 6.30am, and services have started again, but passengers are warned that there may be delays.
Service suspended on South West Trains between Southampton Central and Fareham due to broken down freight train between Swanwick and Fareham. Coast-bound services are affected. Also affecting Southern and First Great Western.
A rail shuttle is running Fareham to Portsmouth Harbour, and a replacement bus service will call at all stations inbetween. Extending Journey's by up to 30 minutes.