WWII Bomb Explodes Unexpectedly in Great Yarmouth, England
On Friday, a World War II bomb exploded unexpectedly in Great Yarmouth, a seaside town on England’s east coast. The 250kg device had been discovered by a contractor working on the third crossing over the River Yare. Authorities had declared a major incident and were working to disarm it when the unplanned detonation occurred.
The bomb detonated shortly after work had started to disarm it, sending a loud bang and smoke across the town and causing buildings within 15 miles (24km) to shake. A 400m cordon was put in place and people within a 200m inner cordon were prohibited from entering and strongly advised to evacuate. People requiring assistance with evacuation from the exclusion zone can call an emergency helpline on 01493 330369.
The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team found that a blast could potentially affect two gas main pipes and went away to do further calculations. However, they believed they could now “proceed without causing that damage”. Police utilized a drone to capture footage of the explosion.
Norfolk Constabulary's Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: “We understand this has been an incredibly slow process but it’s needed to be for the safety of the public and those involved in disarming the device.
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