Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Big Bang

Did anyone hear Wednesday’s ‘Big Bang’?

The World War II mine, mine hauled up by fishermen was blown up off Margate today.

The BBC reports that fishermen found the floating World War II device last Friday, but dropped it back into the water, allowing an exclusion zone to be set up.

Divers from HMS Quorn, which was in the Netherlands but arrived at the site on Tuesday, attached a charge to it causing an explosion when the 250kg (550lb) mine sent up a 30ft plume of water.

A passing seagull was injured and a local kebab shop was destroyed by the blast.

The commanding officer of the mine destroyer., Lt Commander Taylor said:

"For the second time in a week, the Royal Navy has safely disposed of some potentially dangerous explosives remaining from World War II.

"This is just one of the many tasks the Navy undertakes every day around the UK."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

No. Possibly drowned out by thunder and sheet rain falling in the severe drought we are still in the grip of?

Anonymous said...

I swam home from work today!

Mutt'n Jeff said...

Nope! Didn't hear that, didn't hear the kebab explosion, never hear the bangs from Shoeburyness which people complain about, live at the back of Arlington House, I must be deaf I suppose?