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Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Portsmouth Harbour, which acts as one of the major ferry ports of the Hampshire city, has been cordoned off by the emergency officials after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War has been discovered near the harbour on 16th November, Wednesday.
At present, none of the cross-channel commuter ferries can enter or leave the port area before the emergency officials can tow the unexploded bomb out towards the sea to detonate it.
After the discovery of the ‘Torpedo’, the emergency officials have cordoned off 500 metre area around the bomb to prevent any kind of mishap.
According to a spokesperson for the Royal Navy, the Victory Gate is closed to pedestrians after the discovery of the German unexploded bomb near the Portsmouth Harbour. He has also informed that the naval base employees are also being forced to enter through Marlborough Gate on Queen Street.
It has been known that the bomb will be taken out of the harbour by the experts and it will be destroyed in the middle of the open sea by the officials from the RN bomb disposal unit.
The bomb has been discovered when a barge has been working near the harbour before the arrival of the Navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The unexploded torpedo has stranded several travellers on the commuter ferries, which have been forced to be stuck at the sea.
In the latter half of September’16, another unexploded bomb troubled the travellers as they were forced to evacuate the area near the Gunwharf Quays retail and leisure centre.