Bomb team chance upon mine buried in the woods

POLICE bomb disposal team members made a surprise discovery after completing a training exercise in Bluebell Woods – a 12ft-long Second World War parachute mine.

POLICE bomb disposal team members made a surprise discovery after completing a training exercise in Bluebell Woods – a 12ft-long Second World War parachute mine.

And now Royal Navy experts have been called in to perform a controlled explosion at sea because it would be too dangerous to detonate on land.

Navy officers are examining the device today.

The explosive device was found on Wednesday evening when the bomb disposal team were walking back from training. Inspector Terry Coule said the members had come across it while carrying an electric locator.

‘The mine has 850lbs of explosives in it,’ said Inspector Coule.

‘If that explodes, it could cause significant damage to the area.’

Comments for: "Bomb team chance upon mine buried in the woods"

Solution?

Maybe the north plantation soakers could be relocated here?

Beanjar

This is unbelievable - 12 foot long, 850 Lbs of explosive and nobody has spotted it in 70 years!!

PLP

Weren't volunteers were sought earlier this year to clear the stinky onions that were threatening the bluebells? I'm just pleased none of them set it off....

Charliecat

Errrrr................ it was buried??

Beanjar

Errrr.........it was a parachute mine. Maybe it didn't open? Presumably the Brits dropped it ... possibly to knock out the radar station at Fort George prior to D Day.

Guernzee

They dropped several but dropped them too low for them to arm as a small propellor has to untwist off a thread to arm the mine. There is one on the beach by salarie corner well just the parachute section.

When you think there may still be a fair amount or ordinance like this buried around the Channel Islands, some bloke a couple of years ago found a hand grenade in Alderney......with a pick axe!

Island Wide Voting

We know a song about this don't we children ...

'If you go down to the woods today ....'

slep

Blown out of all proportion.

Steve

Dont think that this mine is safe !

After so many years undisturbed it is probably more dangerous today , than when it was dropped in 1944

I,m very pleased that Guernsey Bomb squad have located the mine

Gsybloke

Guernsey Bomb Squad their motto is:

If You See Me Running it ain't because we are out Breda.

Charlie G

Shell shocked !

Vee

That's a blast from the past...

OccupyOatlands

If you ask me, we should auction off the right to push "The Big Red Button" (tm) on behalf of Help a Guernsey Child, or Help for Heroes or something when Mr Angry Mine is safely relocated out to sea.

Could get a few thousand that way, if local businesses chip in.

zab

OO,

It would be far more lucrative to auction the choice of site of detonation.