Large metal objects on roofs near the bomb site
Work will continue through Sunday afternoon to determine the extent of property damage caused by the detonation of a WWII bomb on Glenthorne Road near the University of Exeter campus.
The explosion at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday could be heard for miles and caused a massive crater in private land where contractors dug it up on Friday morning.
Police are warning residents of the central 100-meter exclusion zone that they are unlikely to be allowed to return home until at least Monday. This is also possible for those in the further 400 meter zone.
Devon and Cornwall Police say: “It is currently impossible to predict whether the critical safety assessment work will be completed today.
“Unfortunately, some properties, mostly within the 100-meter chain, have sustained structural damage, including broken windows and cracked walls. Debris, including large metal objects, was also thrown in the explosion, some of which landed on nearby roofs. which require the use of a crane to remove.
“This afternoon fences will be erected around the buildings classified as unsafe. This corresponds roughly to the 100-meter barrier. Residents who live in this barrier cannot return home this evening.”
Most of the residents of the 400-meter chain are said to live with friends or family. People in hotels are allowed to stay there one night.
Police will provide another update to those in the wider area around 8:30 p.m. to update residents of the wider area who may be able to return on Sunday.
Exeter University communicates directly with its 1,400 student dormitories that have been evacuated and provided alternative housing. Students have been informed that they will not be returning today.
The council helpline was extended this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. for evacuated residents who need assistance or advice. It’s 0345 155 1015.