Explosive experts blew up a one-tonne World War Two bomb in a spectacular sea blast that sent 100-foot waves soaring into the air.
The dramatic incident took place in the port city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula.
The parachute mine was discovered at a depth of 17 metres (56 feet) in the bay of Sevastopol where it had been dropped in 1941 by Nazi forces trying to block its entrance to disrupt the flow of ships in and out of the port.
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The huge 100-foot waves are sent soaring into the sky having been blown up by the divers
One-tonne parachute mine had to be moved into the open seas by the divers to be detonated
Once it had been moved safely the local authorities closed down the beaches to detonated the bomb
With the bomb endangering an underwater gas pipeline, a hydraulic engineering facility and a shellfish farm the mine had to be transported into open sea to be prepared for a remote explosion.
The surrounding beaches were closed off while divers had to battle strong winds and currents to prepare the bomb to be safely detonated.
The nine-hour operation started in the early hours and involved sending a small robot submarine to blow the mine up.
When the bomb eventually goes off, a massive plume of seawater is blasted around 100 feet (30.5 metres) into the air.
Two scuba divers prepare to move the huge bomb into the open sea for it to be detonated
The scuba diver preparing to detonate the one-tonne bomb from World War Two
The team of explosive experts on board a boat before the spectacular sea blast
Parachute mines, like this one pictured, were used by both the Germans and the Brits during the war
Parachute mines were used by both Germany’s Luftwaffe and Britain’s Royal Air Force during WWII.
They were designed to drift down slowly and detonate at roof level, so the blast wave went over buildings instead of being cushioned by them.
One parachute mine could in that fashion destroy a whole street.
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