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Beach torpedoes cause flight delays

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This weekend it wasn’t the coronavirus pandemic disrupting travel plans, but the discovery of a 2 WWII torpedoes...

Beach torpedoes cause flight delays

This weekend it wasn’t the coronavirus pandemic disrupting travel plans, but the discovery of 2 of suspected WWII torpedoes... 

On Saturday 19th September, a beach walker discovered 2 suspicious looking items during low tide at St Thomas Head near Middle Hope Bay in Weston.  The suspected ordnance sat directly beneath a Bristol Airport flightpath. 

Coastguards and the Royal Navy’s bomb squad were called to the scene.

The Navy confirmed the ordnance to be 2 WWII anti-submarine torpedoes.  The team could see that one tail end of the torpedoes had eroded, causing concerns regarding the stability of the device. 

However, with the tide coming in the decision was made to return for safe disposal the next day. 

A 1.5km exclusion zone was set up on land and in the air to ensure civilian safety. 

This exclusion resulted in delays to journeys across this flightpath as some rerouting needed to be done.

A controlled detonation was carried out on Sunday at 16:46. 

This was completed by covering the ordnance in PE8 plastic explosives and covering it in sandbags. 

The bang that emanated from the ordnance was much quieter than expected. It was established that the torpedoes were filled with sand and concrete.  From this, the explosive ordnance experts stated these were test devices.  

This was not something that could have been known prior to the safe, controlled detonation.

Never take the risk with an item that could be explosive ordnance, contact the experts to ensure the safety of yourself and others. 

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