The British Royal Navy on Friday (27 September) detected and destroyed a German World War II bomb off the coast of Essex. The bomb was discovered by amateur divers in the Thames on Friday, and was exploded by the British Royal Navy.
The explosion was underwater and the British Royal Navy posted a series of tweets with related photos and videos. Admiral Ben Brown said in a press release issued: “The bomb was probably dropped on one of the many docks at the Thames estuary, but it was in extremely good condition. The complexity of this project should not be underestimated.
“Tackling one of Germany’s biggest WWII weapons at the estuary of the Thames presents some of the most difficult diving conditions available. With zero visibility under the water and significant tidal flow, the diving opportunities are extremely limited. ” The bomb was found in a 17th-century shipwreck known as “London” and was estimated to contain 725 kg of TNT, making it one of the most powerful German weapons in World War II.