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Author Topic: WW1 bomb found near railway at Teignmouth - 10 Jul 18  (Read 501 times)
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« on: July 10, 2018, 02:51:19 pm »

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A large object believed to be an unexploded half-ton world war one bomb has been found under Teignmouth Pier.

Police, Royal Navy Bomb disposal squad and coastguards called for reinforcements and an exclusion zone was extended at lunchtime today after an initial inspection of the suspect device.

Divers who found the bomb say it is 4ft long and 2ft wide.

Police have now closed the whole of the beach and seafront from The Point at the Shaldon side to Teignmouth Yacht Club next to the Dawlish rail line.

Slightly out of the range of this camera but might just see something as activity continues

http://www.teignmouth-nci.org.uk/live-webcam

Plan is to carry out a controlled explosion around 4pm with trains being stopped briefly at that point.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 03:40:11 pm »

Line has been closed since 1500, expected to re-open around 1630.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 03:40:50 pm »

Like all great plans....  Railway closed at 3pm while the device was towed a mile out to sea.

The 12:30 Paddington to Penzance was terminated at Exeter St Davids (not good news - particularly as the 11:30 to the West Country was terminated at Bristol Temple Meads due to a train fault).
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 03:56:17 pm »

Line re-opened just after 3.45pm.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 06:56:30 pm »

Obviously the Germans arenít happy they went out in the group stages whilst England have made the Semi-Finals!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 07:55:31 pm »

BBC quoting it as a WW2 bomb https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-44784001?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-44722873&link_location=live-reporting-story
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 08:26:20 pm »

I was going to say. I couldn't think what German aircraft was capable of carrying a 1000 lbs bomb in WW1.

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However wiki says of Zeppelins in 1916...

 "These could carry loads of three to four tons of bombs and reach speeds of up to 103 km/h (64 mph), powered by six 240 hp (180 kW) Maybach engines."

...but I don't think that such large bombs had yet been made.
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 10:39:28 pm »

This only failed to compound my sister's travels from Wellington, (NZ not Somerset).  Still exceptional customer service from platform staff at EXD by all accounts, and sister plus 2 little ones now safely delivered to the promised land.  BZ, GWR.
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