A loud explosion could be heard for miles as disposal experts detonated the explosives after securing the area on Saturday

Hundreds of university students from 12 dormitories and residents of a nearby nursing home were asked to help around 2600 homes abandoned after bomb was found on town’s Glenthorne Road

Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted after the device was discovered by workers at a construction site on private land west of the University of Exeter campus around 9 a.m. Friday at 8 p.m.

A 400-meter cordon was placed around the unit as Royal Navy disposal experts tried to make it safe on Saturday

Inspector Sean Roper of the Devon and Cornwall Police Department suggested the action was taken because of the size of the bomb

“It is not uncommon for World War II explosives to be found in this area, but one of these explosives is unusual So we take all necessary precautions to ensure that everyone in the area is safe”

“We are fully aware that this is probably decades old, but moving this item is a risk and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to support the locals”

Police warned that a “loud bang” was expected when the bomb detonated Saturday night but said there was no need to be concerned as the cordon meant that no one outside of their area was at risk

Prior to the detonation, a press secretary said pets and young children should be kept indoors and people should not congregate outside

“Personnel from the Army Royal Logistics Corps relieved the Royal Navy bomb disposal experts this morning in preparation for the controlled detonation of the device,” he said

“Both teams were responsible for building a walled abatement structure. Trenches were also dug this afternoon to prevent ground shocks

“After the detonation, assessments will be carried out by various utility companies before residents return. It is expected that the majority of residents will be able to return home tonight”

However, Exeter University urged students not to return to their homes on Saturday due to safety assessments required

A student, Fran Henderson, 18, was told to pack at 7 p.m. Friday before being transferred to a hotel outside of Exeter at 1 a.m. on Saturday

The student of politics, philosophy and economics told the PA news agency that she had been told that it was “highly likely” that she could return to her student residence at 12 noon on Sunday

Police previously said the majority of residents of private homes live with family and friends

The Devon County Council confirmed that visiting friends and family was permitted in such circumstances despite the restrictions of Covid-19

Speaking to Devon Live, one resident – a mother with a 10 year old son – said they moved within minutes of being discovered

She said, “We were told we couldn’t return today, so we’ll stay at the Premier Inn. Other people who have been evacuated to the hotel have learned it will be 48 hours before we can return”

Meanwhile, the University of Exeter urged students who did not attend or live in a scheduled class or social appointment not to enter until the incident was resolved in order to “keep the campus as quiet as possible”

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