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Plymouth LIVE: Military gets ready to detonate WW2 Nazi bomb at SEA


Bomb transport is expected soon…

A convoy exlcusion zone is now in place and the deadline for residents to evacuate their homes has passed.

The zone will be in place until 5pm as the military are expected to begin moving the 500kg ordance to Torpoint Ferry terminal, which is a 20-minute journey.

Plymouth Bomb Route

‘The streets are EMPTY’

Fresh on the scene, our reporter Ben Endley has described what is happening right now.

An emergency alarm triggered automatically on mobile phones alerted Plymouth residents and visitors to the danger.

It said: ‘Issued by Plymouth City Council. The WWII bomb found in Keyham will be transported today at 2pm to Torpoint Ferry Slipway via Saltash Road. You are asked to leave and stay away from the cordoned area for this time period.’

Streets in the normally bustling town centre are empty as businesses close up and shopkeepers evacuate.

The 500kg bomb will be driven from Keyham to the Devonport Ferry slipway to be taken out into the harbour. On the way it will pass the Royal Navy base at Devonport where Britain’s nuclear submarines are refuelled and refurbished.

A police cordon at the scene near St Michael Avenue, Plymouth, where residents have been evacuated and a cordon put in place following the discovery of a suspected Second World War explosive device. Picture date: Friday February 23, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Ordnance. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

One of the largest peacetime evacuation operations since WW2

Homeowners given just ONE hour to get out!

How was the Nazi bomb found?

Hundreds of residents were forced out of their properties on Tuesday after the German bomb was found in the back garden of a Plymouth home.

The father of the property owner and a builder exposed enough of the ordnance to realise it was a suspected bomb, and police were called to the scene just after 10.30am.

They were digging for foundations in preparation for a house extension and at first believed it was a scrap of metal or an old boiler.

The owner of the house where the bomb was discovered was told in a meeting with her two neighbours to prepare for the worst, her father has said.

Pictures of the bomb reportedly at least one metre long. Devon and Cornwall Police declare a major incident as emergency services including the Royal Navyal Bomb disposal teams attend to a property at St Michael Avenue, Keyham, Plymouth. A suspected World War II bomb was found during property renovations. February 20, 2024. Byline: Contributor/FPS Images. Contact details: info@fpsimages.com

Map shows route Plymouth bomb will be taken to detonate at sea

A map shows the hair-raising journey a military convoy will take as it transports a fully intact Second World War bomb through the streets of Plymouth today.

In the three-hour window, highly-trained bomb disposal experts will remove the weapon and transport it by military convoy to Torpoint Ferry terminal.

The convoy will travel for around 20 minutes from the terraced home in St Michael Avenue, going west along Parkside and Royal Navy Avenue, joining at the junction on Saltash Road to head south before joining Albert Road. It will turn right along Park Avenue and heading down Ferry Road to the Torpoint Ferry terminal.

Residents receive phone alert about exclusion zone

A ‘severe alert’ text message was sent today ordering thousands of Plymouth residents to leave their homes by 2pm before the start of today’s highly dangerous operation.

Hundreds of offices, shops and houses have been cleared as the unexploded bomb from a family’s garden is dropped in the sea.

Bomb disposal experts decided the bomb – discovered on Tuesday – would cause too much damage if they detonate it where it lies.

The Severe Alert text message appears on a smart watch that was sent to local residents warning that the Second World War explosive device will be removed from a garden in Plymouth and taken by military convoy to be disposed of at sea. Devon and Cornwall Police were called on Tuesday morning to St Michael Avenue in the Keyham area of the city after the object was discovered. Picture date: Friday February 23, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Ordnance. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The Severe Alert text message sent to local residents warning that the Second World War explosive device will be removed from a garden in Plymouth and taken by military convoy to be disposed of at sea. Devon and Cornwall Police were called on Tuesday morning to St Michael Avenue in the Keyham area of the city after the object was discovered. Picture date: Friday February 23, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Ordnance. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Good afternoon

Hello and welcome to Mail Online’s live coverage as we follow the military transporting a World War Two bomb found in Plymouth to detonate it at sea.

Roughly 3,000 people have been evacuated within a 300m radius in Keyham.

The military convoy is expected to transport the bomb between 2pm and 5pm today.

A military vehicle at the scene near St Michael Avenue, Plymouth, where residents have been evacuated and a cordon put in place following the discovery of a suspected Second World War explosive device. Picture date: Friday February 23, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Ordnance. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire





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