World War Two bomb blown up in Bristol Channel

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World War Two Bomb Exploded In Bristol Channel

Story and photo from The Bristol Post

April 15, 2014

 

“A Second World War bomb was blown up by Army experts after being found on a beach near Weston-super-Mare. A controlled explosion took place at St Thomas Head, Kewstoke, at about 7pm tonight.

A 500m cordon was put in place to protect the public while the operation was carried out. The bomb was found at around 8.30pm yesterday and police worked with the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment to make it safe.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “The explosion all went off without a hitch. Everything went according to plan.

The area where the bomb was found was a bombing range and weapons testing site during and after the war.”

From the website of the Bristol Post

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/World-War-bomb-blown-Bristol-Channel/story-20961422-detail/story.html

 

An aside by Charles McCain:  “Shipshape and Bristol fashion” is an expression which long ago fell out of use. You may come across it if you read English novels from earlier centuries or nautical fiction/non-fiction.

It comes from the era when Bristol was a major seaport and ship building center in Great Britain. Times were prosperous and Bristol ships were always in good order.

 

source:    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/ship-shape%20and%20Bristol%20fashion.html

 

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/