The 500lb unexploded shell unearthed by contractors in Bath, England (Avon and Somerset Constabulary)

‘Bath Bomb’ deactivated and blown up in quarry

16 May 2016 | By GCR Staff 1 Comment

The buried WWII bomb that disrupted life in the English city of Bath last week has been safely removed and disposed of in a quarry.

As many as 1,000 homes in the abbey city were evacuated on the night of 12 May after building contractors using a digger unearthed an unexploded 500lb shell (pictured), thought to be a left-over from the “Bath Blitz” of 1942.

Roads and schools were closed the following day (13 May) as police bomb experts worked to erect a barrier around the device using 250 tonnes of sand.

At around 8pm local police announced that the bomb, which they confirmed as a left-over from WWII, had been deactivated.

Traffic was disrupted further as a military vehicle under police escort transported the bomb out of the city of approximately 89,000 people.

According to reports, the bomb was then subject to a controlled explosion in a quarry near Shepton Mallet, approximately 18 miles away.

Image: The 500lb unexploded shell unearthed by contractors in Bath, England (Avon and Somerset Constabulary)