500 kg WWII bomb discovered in UK garden, safely detonated in sea

500 kg WWII bomb found in Plymouth Garden led to mass evacuation. Detonated at sea after four days. Disruptions ensued, but community unity prevailed. The museum sheds light on the city’s wartime past.

In Plymouth, Britain, a 500 kg German World War II bomb was found in a garden, leading to the evacuation of thousands of residents. The bomb, discovered on Tuesday in St Michael Avenue, home to 10,000 people and 4,300 properties, prompted the immediate cordoning off of a section of the city. Expert bomb disposal specialists from the Armed Forces were called in to assess the device. After four days, on Friday, the bomb was safely transported to the sea and detonated.


This incident caused disruptions, including road closures and suspension of rail and bus services in the area. Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans remarked on the historic significance of the event, emphasizing the community’s unity and resilience during the challenging situation. Additionally, The Box, a local cultural space and museum, provided insights into the bomb’s likely origins and highlighted Plymouth’s wartime history.

Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, reflected on the historic significance of the event, noting how it brought out a wartime spirit among the community. Despite the challenges, the city came together in support of one another, demonstrating resilience and unity.

The Box, a cultural space and museum in Plymouth, indicated that the bomb was likely dropped on April 22 or April 23, 1941, during World War II. According to the museum, Plymouth experienced a total of 1,362 bomb explosions during the war. The discovery and subsequent detonation of the bomb highlighted the enduring impact of World War II on Plymouth and served as a reminder of the city’s wartime history and the resilience of its residents.