Controlled Explosion for UXB Found in Bristol Channel at Hinkley Point

A suspected German WWII Unexploded Bomb (UXB) has been found in the Bristol Channel during preparations for Hinkley Point C.

One of the diving teams checking the seabed in advance of the huge nuclear development found the device and informed the Coastguard, which enforced a 1,000m exclusion zone for vessels in the area.  A Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team subsequently carried out a controlled explosion underwater.

The Bristol Channel was a strategically important waterway for Allied vessels during WWII and shipping was frequently targeted by the Luftwaffe.  German bombers also often jettisoned unused bombs in the Channel on returning from raids against Bristol and the Avonmouth area.