World War Two bombs found near offshore wind farm

More than 40 bombs dating from Word War Two have been discovered on the export cable route for DONG Energy's Race Bank offshore wind farm, off the Norfolk coast.

During a large-scale inspection last week, 41 were discovered, ranging from small rockets to larger 1,000lb high explosive bombs. 

The most notable item discovered was a German Luftmine B ground mine containing a net explosive quantity (NEQ) of 698kg of hexanite.

Most of the items were destroyed on the sea bed using highly skilled specialist contractors, while five items certified as free from explosives (FFE) were recovered to shore, where they were safely scrapped in approved facilities.

"As a routine part of the preparatory work before construction of an offshore wind farm, seabed surveys are carried out to ensure the seabed is clear of obstacles including unexploded ordnance,” said Site Investigations Project Manager, Eleftheria Melekou.

“This is standard procedure, although the number of items discovered was a surprise and the most we have seen on a DONG Energy project to date.

"We used the help of specialist and highly-skilled companies to ensure all of the 41 items of unexploded ordnance discovered at Race Bank were safely detonated or removed without risk to the local community."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues