EXPLOSIVE experts from the navy in Portsmouth blew up a huge German mine in the River Thames yesterday.
The 1,500lb Second World War GC mine was caught in the nets of a fishing boat in the Thames Estuary.
A team of bomb disposal experts from Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2), based at Horsea Island, towed the mine using a rigid inflatable boat to a location six miles off the coast of Sheerness.
The first attempt at detonating it was thwarted after the countermining charge misfired.
But a second attempt yesterday morning exploded the device, shooting sea spray up into the air.
Lieutenant Dan Herridge, the officer commanding SDU2, said : ‘Due to the amount of high explosive in the mine, which posed a significant risk to public safety, it was necessary for the mine to be lifted and taken to a safe location to be dealt with.’
GC mines were usually dropped on land by parachutes.