Bomb squad returns to Jura

The Second World War depth charge fuse was detonated by the bomb squad.

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A dog-walker discovered an unexploded Second World War bomb washed up on a beach on the Isle of Jura last week, but the bomb squad had to wait 36 hours to make it safe because the ferries were full.

Jura’s busy Coastguard took turns to guard the cordoned-off area of Corran Sands until the depth charge primer could be detonated, and even managed to top up their sun tan at the same time.

The bomb squad arrive - for the second time within a week.
The bomb squad arrive – for the second time within a week.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team surrounded the fuse with sandbags, then blew it up, shattering the quiet with a bang and a plume of debris.

They had visited Jura just two days before to blow up a submarine flare found on Shian Bay on the island’s uninhabited west coast.

One parent staying nearby, who hoped for her usual peaceful holiday, observed: ‘Phrases I hadn’t heard myself say until today, “What shall we do today? Oh no, we can’t go to the beach because of the bomb. [Time passes] Oh look that’s the bomb squad. It’ll be alright now”.’

The aftermath of the explosion.
The aftermath of the explosion.