A World War II bomb exploded in Great Yarmouth, England, before it could be defused, causing a loud blast that was heard by people up to 15 miles away. The incident took place at around 5:00 pm on Friday.
In response to information about bombs near two gas pipelines, the police and emergency services were deployed within a 200 to 400 meter radius of the No. 1 site. The area was evacuated as a precaution.
To minimize the damage from the explosion, the bomb was surrounded by a sand barrier. According to Area Commander Shankar Lakh, the barrier reduced the potential harm from the blast, as it could have been fatal without it. The army had a plan in place to defuse the bomb, which involved cutting it with a robot and using water. However, the bomb exploded before the plan could be executed.
Overall, the incident serves as a reminder of the dangers posed by leftover World War II ordnance, even decades after the conflict ended. Officials are urging people to be vigilant and report any suspicious objects to the authorities for proper disposal.