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Sappers render wartime bomb safe in Yorkshire

04 January, 2008
More than 60 years after the end of the second world war, 33 Engineer Regiment render an RAF 500 pound bomb safe in a controlled explosion in East Yorkshire.
Bomb disposal experts are continuing to keep our lives safe from a war that ended 63 years ago by diffusing, dismantling or exploding ordnance that is still lying around in and around Britain. Dealing with half a dozen or so cases of wartime ordnance a year, the sapper regiment has no small task in rendering these bombs safe after over half a century of rusting under the ground.

In this case, the bomb was from an RAF Halifax bomber which crashed on take off near the wartime air base at Spalding Moor in East Yorkshire near the end of the war in 1944.

The bomb was found on New Year's Eve by an enthusiast with a metal detector who discovered the device despite it being buried deeply underground. Since then, the emergency services have been conducting an operation in conjunction with the Army regiment resulting in a controlled explosion earlier today mitigated with the use of sand packed around the device.

The 33 Engineer Regiment consists of a group of highly trained specialists who have to deal with a range of explosive devices from improvised terrorist bombs to the kind of ancient armaments they had to deal with today. Between dealing with incidents such as this, the regiment is under constant training and a rigid assessment program which is regularly taken by each member in order to maintain skill levels. Such diligence and strict standards ensures the kind of results achieved today.
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