WWII bomb detonates during defusing attempt in Great Yarmouth

A World War II bomb exploded in Great Yarmouth, England, as workers attempted to defuse it. The bomb was discovered earlier in the week in a river crossing and was being cut using a slow-burn technique by army specialists. On Friday, an “unplanned” detonation took place, but no injuries were reported, and all army and emergency service personnel were accounted for.

According to Norfolk Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison, the operation to defuse the bomb was the final phase of a delicate process that had caused much disruption in the town. However, the police are hopeful that the cordons can be lifted soon if everything goes to plan.

A spokesperson for Cadent, which manages the local gas mains network, confirmed that there was no indication of damage to their assets, and gas continues to flow safely. The police captured the moment of the explosion via a drone.