WWII Bomb Found in Portsmouth Harbor, England

WWII bomb Portsmouth Harbor

Workers on an English harbor found an unexploded World War II Nazi bomb containing 290 pounds of explosives.

A dredger spotted the bomb at the bottom of Portsmouth harbor early Wednesday morning. The harbor is in the process of a lengthy and expensive upgrade. And as the dredger was digging up the harbor mud, the bomb got caught in its shovel.

The Royal Navy said the device, believed to be a German SC250 that weighs 500lb (226kg), had been removed from the harbour.

“But my team of Royal Navy divers are assessing the situation to work out how we can remove the bomb swiftly and safely with the help of the contractors, the Queen’s Harbour Master, Hampshire Constabulary and our operations centre”.

Wightlink ferry services from Portsmouth were suspended this morning after a WWII bomb was discovered in the harbour.

Gunwharf Quays and part of the city were closed from around 3am, according to local reports.

Lieutenant Mike St Pierre, the officer leading the bomb disposal team, said: “At this stage it is too early to tell when normality will be restored to Portsmouth Harbour.

“But my team of Royal Navy divers are assessing the situation to work out how we can remove the bomb swiftly and safely with the help of the contractors, the Queen’s Harbour Master, Hampshire Constabulary and our operations centre.



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