Road reopens after unexploded bomb washes up on the beach in Southsea

AN unexploded bomb has been detonated after washing up on a beach in Southsea.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:41 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 8:18 pm

The video above shows the moment when the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal crew detonated the device earlier this afternoon.

The incident prompted a heavy response from emergency services and caused Eastney Esplanade to be shut in both directions.

The road was closed between Canoe Lake and St George’s Road, Portsmouth City Council has said.

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A police officer inspects the device. Picture: Matthew Maber (Instagram @mattmaber)

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Major Southsea road has been closed in both directions

Pompey Police tweeted: ‘You may be aware of a large presence near to the Rose Gardens in Southsea.

‘There is nothing worry about, we have an unexploded device that has washed up and will soon be securely detonated. If you hear a large bang please do not worry!’

Pictures and video from the scene show a police cordon was in place and a number of officers were at the scene.

Police along Southsea seafront on Friday, March 27, where an unexploded bomb was washed up onto the beach. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Video credit: Royal Navy

Police along Southsea seafront on Friday, March 27, where an unexploded bomb was washed up onto the beach. Picture: Habibur Rahman