Unexploded bomb discovered in the Bristol Channel

Unexploded bomb discovered in the Bristol Channel. Credit: ITV News

Hinkley Point has confirmed that one of its diving teams has uncovered what they think is an unexploded bomb from WW2.

Just after 3.30pm yesterday (7 August) UK Coastguard received a report from a diving vessel reporting a large piece of ordnance 2.5nm off Lilstock Range in the Bristol Channel.

The UK Coastguard has issued warning broadcasts advising vessel in the area of a 1000m exclusive zone around the ordnance to ensure they are kept at a safe distance.

The bomb was discovered in the Bristol Channel whilst diving teams were checking the seabed before construction work got under way in that area.

The Coastguard and the Royal Navy have confirmed that a controlled underwater explosion will be carried out at 3pm today.

- We have a team of 10 divers checking the seabed ahead of the construction of the main cooling water tunnels and associated seabed structures for Hinkley Point C.

- We believe the unexploded ordnance probably dates back to the Second World War, however, the Bristol Channel was once used as a practice firing range and finds like this do happen from time to time in the local area.

- As a precaution we have put a cordon zone around the area and are working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Royal Navy.

– David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C