THIS dramatic footage captures the moment bomb disposal experts blew up a huge mine in the Solent.
The Second World War German ground mine was found by a crane barge 1,500m off Southsea while it was removing debris from a site being dredged, yesterday afternoon.
This morning the Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 carried out a controlled explosion in the open waters about 1,500m off the coast of Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, at about 10.45am.
The detonation of the 1,500lb bomb sent up a plume of water and smoke in the air, and vibrations could be felt on Portsea island.
The seabed is being dredged to prepare for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers next month.