Residents advised they are unlikely to be able to return home today

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(Last Updated On: February 28, 2021)

Exeter residents who were evacuated due to an unexploded WW2 device have been advised it is unlikely they will returning home today.

Assessment on properties continues today within the 400m cordon zone. Structural damage has been caused to some buildings, including blown-out windows and cracks in brickwork.

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

Photo: Devon and Cornwall Police

2,600 properties, including around 1,400 students from Exeter University halls of residences, within a 400-metre cordon were evacuated.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from across the area, along with Search and Rescue Teams, have assisted with the evacuation.

The council has confirmed that those already in hotel accommodation will be able to stay in their hotels tonight if necessary.

The council helpline is open until 5pm today for any evacuated residents needing support or advice: 0345 155 1015.

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