WWII-era bomb safely detonated at sea after one of the largest peacetime evacuations in UK history

LONDON (AP) — A World War II bomb whose discovery prompted one of the largest peacetime evacuations in British history has been detonated at sea, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The 500-kilogram explosive was discovered on Tuesday in the backyard of a house in Plymouth, a port city on Britain’s southwest coast. More than 10,000 residents were evacuated to ensure their safety while a military convoy transported the unexploded bomb through a densely populated residential area to a ferry ramp, from where the bomb was taken to sea.

“I think it’s fair to say that the last few days will go down in history for Plymouth,” said Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans.

Home to major naval bases for centuries, Plymouth was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Britain during the Second World War. According to local officials, 59 separate airstrikes killed 1,174 civilians. The raids destroyed nearly 3,800 homes and severely damaged another 18,000.

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