The Royal Navy has released footage of the destruction of a German World War II naval mine discovered in the Solent this week. The mine was found just a mile off Southsea, near Portsmouth, on Thursday by a crane barge dredging along the seabed.
The Royal Navy moved the bomb to open waters off Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight where the Royal Navy team detonated the mine in a controlled explosion. The resulting blast sent a spire of water approximately 3,000ft in to the air.
The World War II mine is the second one to have been destroyed in three years by the Royal Navy. The previous weapon was discovered in the entrance to the River Thames on the outskirts of London. Thousands of these weapons were dropped by German aircraft during World War II and while the vast majority have been discovered a small number have slipped through the net.