A World War II bomb exploded in the English town of Great Yarmouth on Friday as workers attempted to defuse it, according to police.
The device was discovered Tuesday in a river crossing in Great Yarmouth. It was located by a contractor working on the third crossing over the River Yare.
And on Friday, Norfolk Police revealed there had been an “unplanned” detonation.
No injuries were reported and police said all army and emergency service personnel were accounted for.
Army specialists had been cutting the bomb using a technique that creates a slow burn of the explosives, police said. Workers began attempting to cut into the bomb on Thursday.
“This has been a painstakingly long process but public safety and that of the people involved in the operation has been at the heart of decision-making,” Norfolk Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said in a statement.
“This was the final phase of a delicate operation which has caused much disruption in the town, but we’re hopeful this could be resolved soon, and that cordons can be lifted, if everything goes to plan,” he continued.
“There is no indication that the blast has caused damage to our assets and gas continues to flow safely,” the spokesperson said.
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