More Plymouth homeowners set to be evacuated today after 'World War Two bomb' ... trends now

More Plymouth homeowners set to be evacuated today after 'World War Two bomb' ... trends now
More Plymouth homeowners set to be evacuated today after 'World War Two bomb' ... trends now

More Plymouth homeowners set to be evacuated today after 'World War Two bomb' ... trends now

More Plymouth homeowners are set to be evacuated today after a 'World War Two bomb' was found in a garden and sparked fears of an explosion.

A major incident was declared on Tuesday when the bomb was found in the back garden of a house in Plymouth, Devon - meaning residents are facing a second night out of their home. 

The father of the property owner and a builder exposed enough of the ordnance to realise it was a suspected bomb, and police were called to the scene just after 10.30am.

A 200 meter cordon was put in place as the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended the area.

It will be extended to 300 meters from 9am today, meaning even more residents will be forced to evacuate and spend the night away from home.

This is due to bomb disposal experts working to make the unexploded device safe, which will have a 'significant impact,' police have said.

A police source told the local newspaper that a 'gold command meeting' involving a number of agencies will take place to formulate a plan over the coming days, and the EOD are bringing in 'thousands of tonnes of sand' to be bagged up and placed around the bomb.

A major incident was declared on Tuesday when the bomb (circled) was found in the back garden of a house in Plymouth, Devon

A major incident was declared on Tuesday when the bomb (circled) was found in the back garden of a house in Plymouth, Devon

Bomb experts from the Royal Navy's EOD unit identified the bomb as a 'SC500 transverse fuzed airdrop weapon,' the Ministry of Defence confirmed

Bomb experts from the Royal Navy's EOD unit identified the bomb as a 'SC500 transverse fuzed airdrop weapon,' the Ministry of Defence confirmed

In an update yesterday  evening, the city council confirmed the updated cordon will be in place for at least 36 hours and teams will knock on the doors of those living in the boundary from 8am

In an update yesterday  evening, the city council confirmed the updated cordon will be in place for at least 36 hours and teams will knock on the doors of those living in the boundary from 8am

The father of the property owner and a builder exposed enough of the ordnance to realise it was a suspected bomb, and police were called to the scene just after 10.30am

The father of the property owner and a builder exposed enough of the ordnance to realise it was a suspected bomb, and police were called to the scene just after 10.30am

A police source told PlymouthLive that the discussion will be led by EOD experts who will explain their potential course of action

The source said they understood there was a layer of expertise 'above EOD' who were brought in due to the location of the bomb, its size and power.

As a result, they confirmed that the EOD are bringing in 'thousands of tonnes of sand' which would be bagged up and placed around the bomb.

Hundreds of people are spending a second night out of their homes after the suspected World War II bomb was found in a back garden, with even more homeowners to be evacuated tomorrow.

The local leisure centre has been opened to function as a rest point for those who are being evacuated.

Bomb experts from the Royal Navy's EOD unit identified the bomb as a  'SC500 transverse fuzed airdrop weapon,' the Ministry of Defence confirmed.

The SC500 is a general purpose bomb which was used by the Luftwaffe during World War II - one of which was found off the north coast of Guernsey in July 2023.

The device typically weighs 500kg and measures at 80 inches long. 

The council has urged those affected by the evacuation to make arrangements to stay with relatives or friends, but the local Life Centre and Beacon Centre will also be available

The council has urged those affected by the evacuation to make arrangements to stay with relatives or friends, but the local Life Centre and Beacon Centre will also be available

Residents living in Plymouth have spoken of chaos after being forced to leave their homes

Residents living in Plymouth have spoken of chaos after being forced to

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