Residents faced up to two days away from their homes after the discovery of a suspected 250kg German bomb at a school in Bath. A 300m exclusion zone was put in place around the bomb whilst the Royal Logistic Corps’ (RLC) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) rendered the item safe. It was subsequently removed for a controlled demolition in a local quarry.
Bath was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe in April 1942 as part of the so-called ‘Baedeker Blitz’ during which targets were chosen not for their strategic importance but because of their cultural and historical significance. Approximately 365No. High Explosive (HE) bombs fell on the city over two nights, resulting in more than 400No. fatalities and the destruction of countless buildings.
As chaos reigns in the Lansdown area of Bath, the EOD team will make every effort to render the device safe for removal, rather than having to carry out an in-situ controlled explosion.