Second World War bomb destroyed in controlled explosion

Second World War bomb destroyed in controlled explosion

The airdrop bomb was described by the British Army as one of the "biggest ever" unexploded devices found in the UK.

Rail journeys were also disrupted and hundreds of families had to be evacuated from their homes as police set up a 500 meter safety cordon around the area.

An unexploded bomb from World War Two has been safely detonated, after it was found on a construction site in Britain earlier this week.

As bomb disposal experts detonated the bomb yesterday, the blast can be seen in extraordinary footage captured by a West Midlands Police drone.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were evacuated.

They had two options: either remove the bomb to a secure location or detonate it where it lay, however they decided on the latter due to the dangers at play.

The A38 is expected to be closed for most of Tuesday, with 250 tonnes of sand brought in as part of the "major, delicate" operation.

According to the West Midlands Ambulance, the WW2 device weighed 250kg - as much as a fully grown Bengal tiger.

"There have been some difficulties in accessing the device given the terrain and its position within a construction site - but all agencies involved are working as quickly as possible to bring the situation to a safe conclusion with courageous military staff risking their safety to ensure that of the public".

Soldiers worked for 28 hours straight to prepare the bomb and the surrounding area for the controlled detonation.



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