Controlled detonation of WW2 device to take place this evening

(Last Updated On: February 27, 2021)

The controlled detonation of a suspected World War Two bomb will take place this evening, Saturday 27 February.

The device was discovered yesterday near Exeter University. A 100-metre cordon was initially set up and was extended to 400 metres.

Over 2000 properties have been evacuated. Coastguard Rescue Teams from across the area have been assisting police. Exeter University is supporting around 1,400 students who have been relocated.

Police state that “a loud bang is expected when the device is detonated but there is no cause for alarm because the 400-metre cordon is deemed sufficient to ensure there are no health risks to anyone beyond its perimeter.”

“However, people are urged to keep pets and small children indoors and police are strongly discouraging people from gathering outside, and people are reminded to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

“Personnel from the Army’s Royal Logistics Corps took over from Royal Navy bomb disposal experts this morning in preparation for the controlled detonation of the device.

“Both teams have been responsible for erecting a walled mitigation structure. This afternoon, trenches have also been created to prevent ground shock.

“After the detonation, assessments will be conducted by various utility companies prior to residents returning. It is anticipated that the majority of residents will be able to return home this evening.”

Any local residents who are worried or concerned can phone Devon County Council on 0345 155 1015 for advice on accommodation and other support. The line will be open until 10pm this evening, Saturday 27 February. You can join us on our social media pages, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and keep up to date with whats going on in South Devon.

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