Mystery of wartime bomb found on beach
EXPLOSIVES experts today took a Second World War bomb – found half buried in the shingle at Orford Ness – out to sea and blew it up.The barnacle-covered bomb was discovered by the area's National Trust warden as it lay half exposed on the beach.
By Tracey Sparling
EXPLOSIVES experts today took a Second World War bomb – found half buried in the shingle at Orford Ness – out to sea and blew it up.
The barnacle-covered bomb was discovered by the area's National Trust warden as it lay half exposed on the beach.
Coastguards immediately alerted Royal Navy bomb disposal experts in Portsmouth. The Hampshire team gathered its tools and set off for Suffolk to meet the coastguard crew at Aldeburgh who led them to the scene just north of Orford Ness lighthouse.
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The Navy team embarked on a mission to dig out the sand and shingle from around it yesterday, but both tide and time beat them temporarily.
The ordnance – which turned out to be a 250lb bomb measuring 1ft in diameter – remained partly buried overnight in its remote resting place.
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Today, the team returned and lifted the bomb into an inflatable dinghy before taking it out to sea to explode it.
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