A bomb netted by fishermen was detonated off Whitley Bay yesterday (Thursday).
The 1,000lb Second World War bomb, which contained 286 pounds of high explosive, was caught in a trawler’s nets on Wednesday afternoon.
The skipper of the North Shields-based Ticino hauled up the bomb around three miles off Souter lighthouse, South Tyneside, at 4pm.
Tynemouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat had been called out to recover the bomb.
A spokesperson said: “As the bomb hadn’t been detonated by being dragged around in the fishing vessel’s nets for up to three hours it was deemed safe enough to be moved and the lifeboat met the Ticino, placing a crewman on board, then escorted the vessel to the Whitley Bay Explosive Ordinance Disposal buoy off Whitley Bay, where it was put overboard in 18m of water, marked with a float.”
And on Thursday, the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team dived on the bomb, confirming it was a 1000-pounder, containing 286 pounds of high explosive.
It was then detonated off the coast at Whitley Bay after Humber Coastguard had established a one mile exclusion zone around the buoy.
The video was taken by Adrian Don