16 Nov Portsmouth construction site shut down following discovery of unexploded WWII German bomb in Portsmouth Harbour.
VS Rails construction site for the iconic new Multi Modal Transport Interchange was shut down today as a precaution following the discovery of an unexploded WWII German bomb in Portsmouth Harbour.
Cross-channel ferries have been blocked from entering or leaving Portsmouth harbour after engineers dredged up an unexploded German bomb hidden in the mud for more than 70 years.
A cordon is in place around the harbour until the bomb, the third explosive found there since September, can be towed out to sea to be detonated. It was discovered by a dredging barge that was deepening the harbour before the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.
A navy spokesman said: “Another German unexploded bomb has been found in Portsmouth harbour. A 500-metre cordon is in place around the device, which is preventing cross-channel ferries from entering and leaving the ferry port.
“A plan is in place to tow the bomb out of the harbour, where it will be destroyed in open waters by RN bomb disposal experts.”
A spokesperson for Hampshire constabulary said: “We can confirm we are supporting the Royal Navy this morning following the discovery of a piece of historic ordnance in Portsmouth harbour. EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] are currently on the scene assessing the device. As a precaution, a cordon has been set up around the immediate area.”
Source. the guardian