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WWII bomb to be neutralised at dawn

The marine archeologist who discovered the device last week may well have been the first person in over 70 years to see it. Copyright Marine NationaleA bomb from WWII is to be neutralised at dawn in Nice tomorrow. Found last week by a marine archaeologist diving just off the Promenade des Anglais, the explosive device is located at a depth of 12 metres and is currently just 50 metres from the beaches on the Quai des Etats-Unis.

At dawn on Wednesday 10th May, the unexploded bomb will finally be neutralised after a potential seven decades under the sea.

The discovery was first made on Thursday 4th May by a marine archaeologist diving in the Bay of Nice. Once he had surfaced, the professional diver contacted the semaphore station on Cap Ferrat, who in turn notified the Maritime Prefecture for the Mediterranean in Toulon. A specialist bomb disposal team was immediately dispatched to verify and inspect the explosive as well as decide whether it could be neutralised in its current location. The WWII-era device was confirmed shortly after to be a 250-kilo bomb containing an estimated 150 kilos of TNT and measuring 1.10 metres with a diameter of 40 centimetres.

A security zone of 100 metres was set up in the days that following, prohibiting anyone from approaching the as-yet unexploded device. This measure will remain in place – both on the water and on the land – until tomorrow. Security forces have warned that the temporary evacuation of the Cours Saleya may also be possible ahead of the mission.


Elsa Carpenter