Depth charge po­ten­tial re­vealed

Evening Express (City Final) - - Bride Of The Week -

AN EX­PLO­SIVES ex­pert has said that a sus­pected depth charge found near a North Sea oil plat­form has the same ex­plo­sive power as a car bomb.

For­mer bomb dis­posal of­fi­cer Chris Hunter said sub­sur­face mu­ni­tions with de­graded fuses can eas­ily det­o­nate.

The de­vice was dis­cov­ered near CNR In­ter­na­tional’s Ninian Cen­tral plat­form, which had 196 staff mem­bers on board ear­lier this week. An ex­clu­sion zone has been set up around the bomb and dis­posal plans are be­ing put in place.

A CNR spokesman said a spe­cial­ist com­pany had classed the de­vice as “safe” and that it posed “no risk to per­son­nel or the en­vi­ron­ment.”

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