WATCH: 500lb Second World War bomb detonated in safe explosion

THE sea sprays up as navy divers detonate a 500lb Second World War bomb beneath the North Sea.

The British 1000 pounder had lain beneath the waves for more than seven decades when it was trawled up by the fishing vessel Ticino on Wednesday afternoon.

The ship picked up the bomb, which contained 286 pounds of high explosives, while fishing off the South Shields coast near Souter Point.

The RNLI provided assistance, and the explosive was dropped back into the sea near the Whitley Bay the same afternoon next to the Whitley Bay EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) buoy.

The Royal Navy Northern Diving Group have now carried out a controlled explosion to safely dispose of the device.

The explosion

The explosion

Dealing with the bomb on Wednesday

Dealing with the bomb on Wednesday

Dealing with the bomb on Wednesday

Dealing with the bomb on Wednesday