Suspected Second World War bomb found in Exeter to be detonated

28 Février, 2021, 16:56 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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A recently discovered bomb from World War II was disposed of during a controlled detonation on February 27 in Exeter, England.

On Twitter, the university said the explosive device had been discovered by "builders on private land" next to the Streatham campus.

As many as 200 students were evacuated from a halls of residence at Exeter University today after an unexploded bomb was found near the campus.

A 400-metre cordon has been placed around the device with disposal experts from the Royal Navy spending Saturday attempting to make it safe.

Speaking after the blast, a force spokesman said: "The 400-metre cordon will remain until further notice, so residents should not return home this evening".

Nearby properties, and university halls of residence, have been evacuated.

On their website, Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'Police were called to Glenthorne Road, Exeter at around 9.20am this morning following reports that a possible unexploded WW2 device has been located.

Officers said "every effort" was being made to finish safety assessments of buildings affected "in the hope some evacuated residents may be able to return home this evening".

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This video, shared by the Exeter City Council, shows the detonation on Saturday.

It had previously been expected that residents, the majority of whom are staying with friends and family, would be able to return home on Saturday.

The university said relocated students would be "supported to return to their halls of residence. subject to all safety checks being completed".

Road closures were put in place between Cowley Bride and Exe Bridges during the incident, with diversions in place and motorists asked to avoid the area.

Superintendent Antony Hart, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "This multi-agency operation is progressing well".

"We understand the disruption caused and appreciate everyone's patience".

Devon County Council confirmed that visiting friends and family was allowed in such circumstances, despite Covid-19 restrictions.

"All households have been advised to follow Government guidelines of hands, space, face when leaving their property".

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