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Bomb found in Blickling Lake

Just Regional
Feb 19, 2013 2 mins read

Staff at Blickling Hall had an exciting day on Monday after a Second World War mortar bomb was found in the lake.

By Sophie Stainthorpe

The bomb was uncovered when the water level in the lake was lowered for essential works to address subsidence. Parks team member David Martin made the discovery at 3pm when litter picking around the lake, and immediately reported his finding to premises manager Spike Malin, who called the police and set up a 100m cordon around the bomb.

“The police arrived within the hour and an officer remained at the scene overnight until a team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment, based in Colchester, arrived early on Tuesday morning to perform a controlled explosion,” said Mr Malin, adding that they moved the bomb away from the lake to a clear area before exploding it under controlled conditions.

With the hall fully open for the half term holidays, it was important that the bomb was dealt with quickly and safely to ensure that the 600 people who visited over the day were not in any danger.

A spokesperson from the bomb disposal team said: “A bomb disposal team from Colchester Troop, 621 Squadron, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps was called out to Blickling Hall, Aylsham on Monday, February 18.

“On inspection the World War Two mortar bomb was found to be live and it was destroyed in a controlled explosion on Tuesday, February 19.

“Destroying the mortar bomb in situ was the safest thing to do in the circumstances.”

The phosphorus bomb was set off at 7.45am and took several attempts, resulting in lots of smoke. The area will have to be cordoned off for three months in case of any residue.

Staff at Blickling have their own ideas on how the bomb got there. “During the war, some of the Canadian Air Force was based at Blickling and we know they had a party to celebrate VE Day, maybe with some very explosive fireworks! It must have been some party,” said Jo Bosch, marketing and engagement officer at Blickling Hall.

Head Warden Dave Brady in the crater left after the controlled explosion

Second World War mortar found at Blickling Hall

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