team visit Burnham-On-Sea to detonate 250lb WW2 bomb
huge unexploded World War 2 bomb which was found in the Bristol
Channel near Hinkley Point was yesterday (Thursday) safely detonated
by a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team, who launched from Burnham-On-Sea.
250lb device was found on the sea bottom by contractors building
the new power station - and is the fifth to be discovered in recent
Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team launched their boat from Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday (September 28th) and carried out a controlled detonation.
team's boat was based at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat station for
several days this week before the detonation took place.
Lang, Burnham RNLI spokesman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Their
boat had been left with us for a couple of days because they were
called away to another operation but on Thursday they returned,
ready to go with all their equipment."
discussing their plans and preparing their kit, they made their
way to the beach. Due to the state of the low tide and the risk
of their vehicle sinking in the soft mud, the RNLI launched the
boat using its Soft Track which is much better suited to the conditions."
crews are well aware of the risks so it seemed a sensible option
for us to carry out the launch."
added: "The Bomb Disposal Team made their way to the site of
the ordnance and made it safe using small charges. They then returned
to the beach where we assisted with their recovery."
firm EDF, which is building Hinkley Point C, says it is normal practice
to check the seabed before construction activity begins on any marine
has a team of ten divers checking the seabed ahead of the construction
of the main cooling water tunnels and associated seabed structures
for Hinkley C.
that the area of coast around Hinkley was previously used for training
exercises for several decades, it's likely that further wartime
ordnance will be found in the coming months.
The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team launching from Burnham-On-Sea
beach on Thursday (Photos Ian Brown)