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Woman who found unexploded WWII bomb in her Plymouth garden sparking mass evacuation apologises for residents’ ‘absolute nightmare’


  • Natalie Jary discovered the 500kg device in the midst of a garden extension
  • Thousands were evacuated following discovery on St Michael’s Avenue, Keyham 

The woman whose garden sparked panic after being found to contain an unexploded World War II bomb has apologised for the ‘absolute nightmare’ unleashed by the incident.

Natalie Jary said ‘sorry’ to residents of Keyham for the ordeal on Friday afternoon, which saw brave Armed Forces bomb disposal specialists safely remove the 500kg device and detonate it at sea.

Speaking on Sky News, Ms Jary said the bomb was the ‘last thing’ she thought would be unearthed during her house extension.

She said: ‘I want to say thank you to the street and thank you to police and council.

‘I wanted to say sorry to Keyham.’

Natalie Jary (pictured) apologised to residents of Keyham for the 'absolute nightmare' unleashed after a World War II bomb was discovered in her back garden

Natalie Jary (pictured) apologised to residents of Keyham for the ‘absolute nightmare’ unleashed after a World War II bomb was discovered in her back garden

The WW2 German bomb found which was found in the Ms Jary's garden in Plymouth, Devon

The WW2 German bomb found which was found in the Ms Jary’s garden in Plymouth, Devon

The huge wartime device was found by Natalie's father Ian while he was digging an extension to her home

The huge wartime device was found by Natalie’s father Ian while he was digging an extension to her home 

The 500kg explosive was safely removed by specialist disposal experts and detonated at sea

The 500kg explosive was safely removed by specialist disposal experts and detonated at sea

A large open-backed military truck containing heavy bags, believed to be packed with sand, is seen near the scene of St Michael Avenue in Plymouth as the bomb is removed

A large open-backed military truck containing heavy bags, believed to be packed with sand, is seen near the scene of St Michael Avenue in Plymouth as the bomb is removed

The route taken by the huge bomb to the Torpoint Ferry pier, from where it was taken to Plymouth Breakwater and detonated in the water

The route taken by the huge bomb to the Torpoint Ferry pier, from where it was taken to Plymouth Breakwater and detonated in the water

Ms Jary added that damage to her garden was covered by insurance. 

Alarm bells were sounded after Natalie’s father Ian spotted the huge wartime bomb while digging an extension to his daughter’s home on St Michael’s Avenue.

The discovery prompted a mass evacuation order covering 10,000 people and over 4,000 properties – with the bomb now safely towed out to sea where it awaits detonation by Army disposal experts.

Thousands received an alert on their phones via the government’s new Emergency Alert Warning System in what was thought to be the first time the technology was used in a proper incident.

Mr Jary, an undersea drilling expert, said he had not even considered the prospect of the metal casing being that of a bomb and dismissed it as an old boiler or a piece of scrap metal, even hitting it with a spade before discovering what it was.

He admitted that they found the explosive a week ago, before his wife Judy suggested that he alert the police.

Mr Jary who, ironically, is an undersea drilling expert, said he even hit the potentially deadly bomb with a spade before he knew what it was

Mr Jary who, ironically, is an undersea drilling expert, said he even hit the potentially deadly bomb with a spade before he knew what it was

Police and bomb disposals experts stand near a cordon during Friday's massive operation in Plymouth

Police and bomb disposals experts stand near a cordon during Friday’s massive operation in Plymouth 

The WWII bomb being lifted by a crane before being detonated in the waters of the Channel

The WWII bomb being lifted by a crane before being detonated in the waters of the Channel

He said: ‘We actually found it about a week ago. It was just outside the building line and the building inspector said we needed trench of around 650mm. I hit something with a spade but we weren’t sure what it was at first.

‘Since then we’ve had so much rain, the bank collapsed, then there was more rain on Friday and it’s been revealed more and more.

‘It’s about one metre long and half a metre in diameter. We’ve found a cap and a round circle thread sheared off or broke off.

‘By this point my wife said we really should just call the police and alert them. I took photos and sent them off and a sergeant in Exeter rang me in five minutes saying he needed to send them off to EOD.

‘Five minutes later there’s a knock on the door and police officers asking to have a look. The next minute they’re suggesting a cordon with a 200m radius.



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