Essex

Royal Navy find and blow up WWII mine off Essex coast

A large German mine dragged up from the sea bed off the Essex coast has been detonated after it broke away from markers.

Royal Navy divers had been tracking the explosive device, dating from World War II, since it broke free.

The 2,000lb (900kg) live parachute mine was dredged up eight miles off Clacton by the vessel Congo River on Friday.

It was due to be detonated on Saturday but became detached from its markers in 90ft (27m) of water.

The navy used sonar to locate the mine, but murky conditions in the North Sea hampered the operation to blow up the device.

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