On Thursday 2nd March, Officers were called to The Avenue, NW6, London, after suspected WWII ordnance was discovered at a building site.
Nearby residences, businesses, schools and buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
Specialist Bomb Disposal Experts were called upon and arrived at the scene to assess the device, with cordons put in place around the device to facilitate the Army specialists.
After a long, cold night of expert and cautious work at the Brondesbury Park building site near Brent, the Army’s Royal Engineers rendered the fuse safe on the German WW2 SC 500lb air dropped bomb safe, and were relieved to hand over the ultimate disposal of the 500lb explosive to a four-man Royal Navy Team from the SOUTHERN DIVING UNIT (2) based in Horsea Island, Portsmouth.
The Royal Navy team made a controlled demolition of the WW2 ordnance at Shoeburyness Range near Southend, Essex at 1130am on Saturday morning (4 March 17). AB (Diver) Liam Boardman initiated the demolition of the bomb using MAS Zengrange Mini-DRFD Remote Initiation System. This was supported by the Navy’s team of duty Mine Clearance Divers, led by Petty Officer Diver Craig Waghorn and including Leading Diver Matthew Smark and AB Diver Steve Lundsten who travelled up from their Hampshire base to assist the Army team.
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