World War Two bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour

Trains and ferry services were halted this morning (Wednesday February 22) after another wartime bomb was dredged up in Portsmouth Harbour.

The device is one of several to have been found during the infrastructure work.

Shopping and leisure complex Gunwharf Quays was closed for business this morning and Hampshire Police asked residents of nearby Spice Island to stay indoors.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Our priority is to ensure public safety and minimise community disruption while the ordnance is detonated by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal".

A second World War II bomb has been found in Portsmouth Harbour in just four days, causing trains and ferries to be cancelled and shops to be evacuated.

"Public transport links will be returning to normal".

"My team worked safely and professionally with the contractors, the Queen's Harbour Master, and our operations centre to open up Portsmouth Harbour and keep the workers safe as they continue their dredging ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth". It is not known how the device could have ended up at the bottom of the Solent.

Divers from the Southern Diving Unit 2 towed the bomb away from the harbour, lowered it to the seabed and planted explosive charges to begin a controlled detonation.

Lieutenant Mike St Pierre, the officer leading the bomb disposal team, said: "At this stage it is too early to tell when normality will be restored to Portsmouth Harbour".

The 500lb device was found in the harbour entrance during dredging ahead of the arrival of the Royal Navy's new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier.

  • Leroy Wright