Giant Second World War bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour to be exploded at sea

EXPLOSIVE experts from the Royal Navy will be detonating a 500kg Second World War bomb in Portsmouth Harbour this morning.

Friday, 30th September 2016, 9:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:47 pm
A bomb was discovered in Portsmouth Harbour last night PHOTO: Shaun Roster Photography www.shaunroster.com

The aging munition was discovered yesterday evening during dredging work ahead of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival next spring.

The discovery prompted an evacuation of punters and businesses in Gunwharf Quays, while bomb disposal experts removed the German device.

It was towed away from the harbour and into open waters, about 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight where it will be destroyed.

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A spokesman for the Royal Navy said the controlled explosion is likely to take place between 10am and 11am.

On September 10, an unexploded German torpedo was found during dredging work of the harbour.

This was also blown up by navy EOD experts out at sea.