A controlled detonation was performed on an unexploded WWII bomb found in Exeter

More than 2600 University of Exeter households and dormitories were evacuated after the device was found on Glenthorne Road on Friday

The police declared a serious incident and erected a first 100 m barrier, which was extended to 400 m

Bomb disposal experts used 400 tons of sand to create an enclosing “box” before it was made safe at 18:12 GMT

About 1400 students were evacuated from 12 dormitories after the explosives were found by builders on private land adjacent to the Streatham campus at around 9:20 am GMT on Friday

Police said the bombing teams “worked all night to put up a walled damage control structure,” and they expected “a big bang” to be heard “pretty far over Exeter” during the operation to ensure security

Police said that after securing the device and following assessments from utility companies, “the majority of residents were expected to return home tonight”

BBC’s John Ayres said there had been “unusual scenes” of “hundreds of students with suitcases all down the street towards St. David’s [train station] marched away from the university and found a place to go “

One student, Lucy, told the BBC that she was in a hall a little more than 100 meters from the scene when she and her neighbors were told to leave around 6:00 p.m. on Friday eat and pull in hotels

She said, “I didn’t think it was such a big deal until I realized how big it was and how people took it so seriously”

The university said it supports “those who are affected until the situation is resolved and buildings reopen”

It was said on Friday evening that it could not be said exactly how many students were moved as “obviously many students are not back on campus due to the Covid-19 situation”

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A resident who had no friends and family in the area to call on short notice was told on Saturday morning that he would have to spend the time in his car

Ashley Attrell said, “You can’t have the heater in the car all day. There was actually nothing to do at all”

Police said Devon County Council and Exeter City Council staff were working to “support those in private homes to find alternative housing and support those who are particularly at risk or at risk,” the said Police

Problems were reported to a hotline earlier in the day, but it was run again later

Coast Guard rescue officers, Dartmoor Search and Rescue volunteers, and Re: Act Disaster Relief workers were among the workers who assisted the evacuation

Roads have been closed in the area and light rail traffic has been interrupted as a result of the discovery

The city was heavily attacked by German bombers in 19 raids during World War II, especially in May 1942 during the Baedecker raids

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