Bath Bomb Destroyed

14 May 2016, 07:39 | Updated: 14 May 2016, 07:42

An unexploded World War Two bomb which was found at a former school in Bath has been destroyed.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated when the 500lb shell was discovered at the site on Lansdown Road on Thursday afternoon.

It has now been destroyed in a controlled explosion. 

The operation involved officers from Avon and Somerset Police, Bath & North East Somerset Council, South Western Ambulance Service and Avon Fire and Rescue Service. 

Area Commander for Bath Chief Superintendent Ian Smith said: "First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every resident who has been affected by this incident and numerous businesses in the local area. 

"Thank you for your patience, co-operation and support throughout the last 24 hours. 

"We have worked as quickly and diligently as possible to limit the disruption caused but, as you can expect with an incident of this nature, public safety has to be our primary concern." 

Jo Farrar, Chief Executive, Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this incident and we are extremely grateful to all of those who helped to support evacuees at our rest centres.