An old World War II bomb “unexpectedly” exploded on Friday in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom, the Norfolk Police revealed in a statement.
The police said the 250kg bomb was discovered on Tuesday by a contractor working on the third crossing over the River Yare and exploded as workers attempted to diffuse it, though no one was hurt in the incident, which pre-empted an army disposal team’s plans for a controlled explosion.
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The statement added that army specialists had been cutting the bomb using a technique that creates a slow burn of the explosives.
After the explosion, the Norfolk Police wrote on its Twitter page:
“We can confirm the unexploded World War II bomb in Great Yarmouth has detonated.
“This was not a planned detonation & happened during slow burn work to disarm the explosives.
“All army & emergency service personnel are accounted for. We will bring you further info when we have it.”