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Update on WW2 bomb on Glenthorne Road

Published: 1 March 2021

WW2 Bombs Update WW2 bomb on Glenthorne Road

Teams from Exeter City Council continue to assess properties effected by the controlled explosion of the World War 2 bomb in Glenthorne Road on Saturday.

The original and much wider – 400m – cordon was last night reduced and a number of residents allowed back to their homes.

However the reduced cordon remains, with protective fencing in place until it is safe for residents to return to their homes. A map is now available showing the area within the reduced cordon.

The Council is assessing the situation all the time but no decision on when the reduced cordon will be lifted has been made yet. The Council thanks residents for their patience and will publish updates as soon as they become available.

The Council is offering help and assistance to those who have been directly affected by the incident and has set up a helpline. The number is 01392 265000. The line will be open from 9am until 5pm.

A number of frequently asked questions are also available on the City Council website at

The Council is asking those residents to live within the reduced cordon who haven’t been put up in hotels to contact the Council on the helpline number.

The University of Exeter has confirmed that 1,400 students were evacuated from their accommodation and 900 have returned today. Around 500 remain displaced until it is safe for them to return.

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