Assessment of structural damage to properties following WW2 detonation continues

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(Last Updated On: February 28, 2021)

Work to assess the structural damage to properties caused by the detonation of a WW2 bomb in Exeter continues.

Police have said residents who have been evacuated are unlikely to be able to return tonight.

The controlled detonation of the device, believed to be a 1,000kg ‘Hermann bomb’ took place yesterday evening.

Residents have been warned that it is currently unknown whether critical safety assessment work will conclude today.

A number of properties, mostly within the 100-metre cordon, have suffered structural damage including broken windows and cracked walls. Buildings deemed unsafe will have fencing erected around them.

Debris from the blast has also landed on nearby roofs which will need a crane to remove.

The council has confirmed that the majority of residents who have been evacuated from the wider 400-metre cordon are staying with friends or family. Those who are in hotel accommodation can stay in their hotels this evening.

Exeter University is communicating directly with its 1,400 halls of resident students who have been evacuated and provided alternative accommodation. Students have been informed that they are not returning today.

The council helpline has been extended until 7pm today for any evacuated residents needing support or advice: 0345 155 1015.

Another update is expected at 8.30pm this evening.

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