A sea mine has been detonated after being picked up in a fishing net off the coast of the Isle of Wight over the weekend.
The 7ft (2.1m) device, dating back to World War II, was caught by the vessel about 1.2 nm off the Needles at 08:00 BST on Saturday.
HM Coastguard confirmed that explosives experts from the Royal Navy’s Bomb Disposal Team were called in.
The incident happened just after 0800 hours on 18th May when the fishing vessel reported to the Coastguard that it had inadvertently caught the seven foot long ordnance in its nets about a mile off Needles.
Warning broadcasts were issued to vessels in the area and Needles Coastguard Rescue Team went to the area for reasons of public safety.
Duty controller Piers Stanbury said:
‘From what we can tell from the pictures and the information from the EOD, this is most likely an old German wartime sea mine.’
According to the Ministry of Defence, the mine contained about 2000 lbs of explosives.
A spokesperson for HMNB Portsmouth said:
‘Our bomb disposal experts safely destroyed a 2000lb German sea mine this morning near the Needles.
‘Dredged up yesterday (18th) by a fishing vessel the divers placed it back on the seabed and started Sunday with a BOOM – Our heroes for keeping our waters safe’.