An ancient World War II bomb “unexpectedly” detonated on Friday in the British seaside resort of Great Yarmouth, according to a statement from the Norfolk Police.
The unexploded bomb in #GreatYarmouth detonated earlier during work to disarm it. Our drone captured the moment. We can confirm that no one was injured. Public safety has been at the heart of our decision making all the way through this operation, which we know has been lengthy. pic.twitter.com/9SaeYmHkrb
— Norfolk Police (@NorfolkPolice) February 10, 2023
No one was wounded in the blast, which prevented an army disposal team’s preparations for a controlled explosion, according to the police, which claimed the 250 kg bomb was found on Tuesday by a contractor working on the third crossing over the River Yare.
According to the statement, army specialists cut the device using a method that causes the explosives to burn slowly.
Following the explosion, the Norfolk Police tweeted the following:
“We can report that the World War II bomb at Great Yarmouth that had not yet exploded has exploded.
The explosion “took place during slow burn work to disarm the explosives and was not a planned detonation.
“All military and emergency service personnel have been located. When we have more information, we will share it with you.”