BOMB disposal experts from the Royal Navy have destroyed an explosive discovered off the coast of Portsmouth this afternoon.
The rusted Second World War six-inch shell was unearthed about one mile from the harbour during a routine dredging operation.
The explosive was towed about a mile-and-a-half east of the Isle of Wight before being detonated by navy divers moments ago.
Dredging in the Solent and Harbour is set to continue into next year, in preparation for the arrival of the navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, the first of which will arrive in spring.
The operations has uncovered a number of historic explosives. The latest, a 500lb German bomb, forced a widespread evacuation of residents and shoppers in Gunwharf Quays last month.