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Accidental Detonation of a WW2-Era Bomb in Great Yarmouth

10 Feb 2023

On 7 Feb 2023, city officials of Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom was made aware of the discovery of a 250-kilogram bomb in the city, found by a worker who was doing dredging work in the River Yare. The immediate area was evacuated, and on 10 Feb 2023 and an army team was brought in. While army experts used a slow burn technique to disarm the bomb, it exploded unexpectedly at around 1730 hours GMT. No lives were lost, and an examination of the nearby section of the river wall, which was warped as the result of the explosion, will be conducted. Prior to the accident, a sand barrier was built around the bomb, and that protective measure was likely the reason why the explosion did not cause greater damage. Residents were allowed to return to their homes by 1900 hours on the same day.

For more info:
BBC: Great Yarmouth: Huge blast after unplanned WW2 bomb detonation



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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
17 Feb 2024 09:21:38 PM

I should imagine heretofore described situation in a post-nuclear context. Long-lost bombs would require quite a “sand barrier” indeed!
Rare survivors would, I dare say, be rather indifferent to the danger posed by these haphazardly scattered troublesome devices.
Once the gates of Hell have been unlocked, a match will sear none.

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