A number of homes and businesses were evacuated and a 1,000 metre cordon put in place after an unexploded WW2 bomb was discovered at Henbury quarry near Corfe Mullen, Dorset. The War and Peace Revival offices fell only a few metres outside the 1,000 metre cordon. The ordnance was discovered on Tuesday 22nd November and reported to Dorset Police who notified the Military Explosive Ordnance (EOD) team.
A controlled detonation of the bomb was planned for 10 am Thursday after local residents were evacuated and road closures put into place. Nearby Sturminster Marshall Community Centre was open as a ‘Rest Centre’ to receive worried local residence with support from Dorset County Council and Social Services. Local residents were high in spirits with one local gentleman recalling seeing German bombers swooping down regularly over the area during WW2.
Shortly after 10.30 the bomb described as a ‘’5,000 kg ordnance prototype’’ was detonated resulting in a loud explosion with a sizable shock wave being felt throughout the immediate area. Shortly afterwards restrictions were lifted and the area was declared safe.