Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 12, 2008
Photo special: Royal Navy bomb disposal team detonate Stert bomb

A huge 700kg World War II bomb was successfully exploded by a Royal Navy bomb disposal team on Stert Island on Saturday morning (April 12th).

Technical problems had led to the planned detonation of the bomb being postponed last night, but Burnham's hovercraft crew flew members of the Navy team out to Stert at first light on Saturday and the bomb was successfully detonated from a nearby boat at 11.42am.

A huge plume of sea water gushed into the air, followed by a bang and a low rumble which could be heard around Bridgwater Bay. Watch video here.

Large crowds lined Burnham's Esplanade to watch the detonation on Saturday morning.

The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, operated by Burnham charity BARB, took two members of the Royal Navy team out to the GC Sea Mine at 5am as they made final preparations for the detonation.

Burnham RNLI lifeboats also assisted with the work on Saturday, taking personnel from the Plymouth-based Navy team out to Stert Island, where the bomb had been spotted earlier in the week by local fisherman Dave Saunders.

A one mile exclusion zone in operation around Stert Island to prevent boats putting themselves in any danger was immediately lifted.

Large crowds of spectators lined Burnham seafront to watch the explosion

11.42am: A huge plume of sea water shot into the air, followed by a bang and a low rumble that could be heard around Bridgwater Bay

Burnham RNLI launched both its lifeboats to assist the Royal Navy team with their work during Saturday morning

Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft took the bomb disposal team out to Stert at low tide at 5am so that final preparations could be made

Spectators lined the seafront to watch the unusual spectacle unfold

Strong team-working between various emergency services - including Burnham Coastguards, BARB, the RNLI, Royal Navy and Avon and Somerset Police - made the incident a success.


Video coverage of the bomb disposal team at work
Planned detonation of bomb is postponed
Lifeboats called out to help bomb disposal team

First photo of Stert Island bomb up close
Bomb found on Stert Island - hovercrafts help with work
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Web site
Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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