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Navy divers detonate WW2 British air force bomb off Italian coast

Staff Writer |
The navy divers were called to take care of an unexploded bomb near a beach beside the city of Taranto, in the southeast corner of Italy.

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The 100-pound airplane bomb was first spotted by a beachgoer who alerted the local coast guard on Saturday, August 26th.

Beach life was cut short and the coast was soon shut down. A specialist unit of divers from the Italian navy was then called in to deal with the explosive device, THe Local reported.

The divers found the bomb 20 metres from the shoreline, at a depth of 6 metres.

Practically attached to the coral, the unexploded weapon was a British air force bomb from World War II, reports Italian news agency Ansa.

The explosive device was found near Campomarino, near the Apulian city of Taranto – southwest Italy – one of the busiest tourist beaches in the area.