Scuba divers discovered a large German air-dropped Unexploded Bomb (UXB) near the pier at Teignmouth, Devon, prompting an evacuation of local residents. Police ordered the vacation of seafront properties so that an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team could tow the bomb further out into open water.
The bomb, reported to be approximately 1,000kg in weight, was subsequently destroyed in a spectacular controlled explosion, much to the entertainment of the large crowd that watched on from the safety of the shore.
Official statistics indicate that 42No. High Explosive (HE) bombs fell on Teignmouth during World War Two (WWII), mainly during small-scale raids aimed at shipyards engaged in the repair and outfitting of naval vessels that included Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs).