29th September 2020

WWII bomb discovered at former Somerset school deactivated and made safe

The WWII bomb in Bath has been made safe.

The 500lb shell, which was discovered on the site of the former school on Lansdown Road on Thursday afternoon, has been deactivated by experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, police have confirmed.

The bomb was taken from the site and out of Bath to be disposed of in a controlled manner last night (Friday).

Area Commander for Bath Chief Superintendent Ian Smith said:

“First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every resident who has been affected by this incident and numerous businesses in the local area.

Thank you for your patience, co-operation and support throughout the last 24 hours.

We have worked as quickly and diligently as possible to limit the disruption caused but, as you can expect with an incident of this nature, public safety has to be our primary concern.

As soon as the cordon is removed and all roads are clear, we will update all the local residents so they can return home.”


Avon and Somerset police have been working closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council, South Western Ambulance Service and Avon Fire and Rescue to look after those temporarily evacuated.