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Controlled explosion to detonate World War II mine off Falmouth coast

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: September 30, 2012

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A large World War II mine has been safely detonated off the Falmouth coast by Royal Navy bomb disposal experts.

The device, measuring approximately 6ft by 3ft and containing more than 700kg of explosives, was found in the Helford River by a group of local scuba divers.

The unexploded parachute mine was towed out to sea, approximately one mile off the Falmouth coast, and the area was cordoned off for safety reasons.

On Saturday afternoon, a Royal Navy bomb disposal team carried out a controlled detonation of the device.

More than 50 boats moored along the safety cordon and spectators gathered on the coast to watch the explosion take place.

It is thought the unexploded mine is one of the biggest ever to be found in the South West.

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