Hundreds watch safe detonation at sea of ‘Bluebell bomb’
Monday 19th August 2013, 7:47AM BST.
Video by Adrian Miller
Hundreds of people turned out to see the safe detonation of a Second World War sea mine last night off the coast of Guernsey
The bomb, discovered in Bluebell Wood last week, contained about 850Ib of explosives and weighed just under a ton. It had been taken along an evacuated route to Fermain Bay where officers waited for the tide to float it, before it was led out to sea attached to floatation devices.
Jerbourg was one of the best points to watch the operation, which had required an air and sea exclusion zone. People also walked down to Telegraph Bay to see the explosion, (pictured) which happened at around 8.15pm 1NM east of the bay.
Royal Naval experts had been drafted in to assist with the exercise. The Sarnia work boat and sea patrol vessel the Leopardess could both be seen circling the excluded area around the device to keep other boats clear of it. The Cow’s Horn was another good spot to view the detonation. Many people also went to Havelet.
The airport saw some disruption last night with restrictions put in place to abide by the exclusion zone of 300m. Residents had been advised to evacuate from their homes yesterday but many people chose not to do so. Those in the immediate vicinity were asked to leave at 6am, with others in the exclusion zone at 8am. St Martin’s Community Centre was set up as a rest centre base.