Biggest WW2 Bomb Found In UK Was A Dud
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Biggest WW2 Bomb Found In UK Was A Dud

A large crowd gathered on a beach to watch the biggest wartime bomb found in British waters blown up - only to witness a damp squib.

Biggest WW2 Bomb Found In UK Was A Dud

A large crowd gathered on a beach to watch the biggest wartime bomb found in British waters blown up - only to witness a damp squib.

The massive Type GC parachute mine packed with around 700kg of TNT was lying around half a mile off Falmouth, Cornwall.

It was discovered by diver Mark Milburn and believed to be the largest of its type left from World War II.

Biggest WW2 Bomb Found In UK Was A Dud

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts were called in to dispose of it and onlookers gathered on Maenporth Beach expecting a spectacular blast out of the water.

But the huge device proved to be a dud and failed to explode, probably due to water ingress.

Biggest WW2 Bomb Found In UK Was A Dud

Mark, 54, who runs Atlantic Scuba, said: "We've been sat here waiting but the bomb was a dud.

"There was a little puff and that was it.

"It was a big device and the TNT has been affected by the water.

"At least we know now that the device is safe. It's probably been safe the whole time but you don't know until you get down there and try to crack it."

An exclusion zone was set up to keep ships away while the bomb was tackled.

So far, Mark Milburn has found a lot of objects left over from Europe's wars, but the bombs... They're probably the scariest: