An explosive video shows the stunning moment an unexploded World War II German bomb which had lain dormant for 70 years was finally detonated off the south coast of Britain.
The deadly device was still in perfect working condition when a crane barge which was removing debris from the sea bed stumbled across it in The Solent, about a mile off the coast of Southsea.
The 1,500lbs mine was then dragged to open waters off Bembridge on the Isle of Wight by Royal Navy bomb disposal experts and set off in a controlled blast.
According to the Daily Record, in a statement, Petty Officer Richard Ellis said:
These mines were laid in their thousands during WWII but are rarely encountered these days – it’s only the second one we have dealt with in three years. The mine was in quite good condition, and they were engineered to a very high standard which is probably why it has stayed safe all these years.
And this spectacular footage shows the moment the bomb was detonated. The blast shows the sheer power of the decades old weapon, throwing a massive plume of water hundreds of feet into the air, while local residents reported feeling tremors as the bomb went off.
We’re glad we were nowhere near this thing when it was set off!