Policeman Nick Davison told the website that the explosion occurred shortly after the process of disarming the bomb had begun. A video of the blast has been shared on social media. The magnitude of the blast can be seen in this 13-second drone footage. Police shared this clip on Twitter. If reports are to be believed, police sealed off the area within hours of the detection of a 3 feet long bomb found during the construction of the bridge.
People living in an area of 200 to 400 meters around the bomb were advised to evacuate their homes. The army’s Explosive Ordnance Device team said earlier this week that if the bomb detonated, it could damage two main gas pipelines. But gas distribution network Cadent tweeted on Tuesday, ‘Our team has closely inspected the gas pipes in the surrounding area. There is no indication that the explosion could cause any damage to any of our properties.
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The network said, ‘Gas is flowing safely.’ Security forces have confirmed that no casualty has been reported in the blast. In December last year, a BBC report said there could potentially be thousands of World War II bombs buried in Wales in south-west Great Britain. Because there were 743 airstrikes in the country that each contained between five and 30,000 devices. Many of these are still active.