Unexploded bomb found at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood

Borehamwood Times: Contractors at work removing the Mound Contractors at work removing the Mound

Thunderous explosions and blinding lights are an everyday occurrence at the studios that spawned Star Wars and Empire of the Sun.

But the special effects became a little too realistic when builders discovered what is believed to be an unexploded bomb.

Contractors working on removing the Mound, a pile of rubble and earth at the back of Elstree Studios in Borehamwood discovered the device this morning and called the police.

It was detonated during a controlled explosion and bomb disposal experts are now trying to work out whether it was a weapon or a prop from a film.

Chairman of Elstree Studios Councillor Morris Bright was astounded when he learned the device had been found.

He said: “I thought they’d dig up a few skeletons but never a bomb. You hear stories of bombs being found but don’t expect it to happen in your backyard.

“There is a possibility it could be a prop from a First World War Film the studios did in the 1990s, but experts think it is most likely to have been a bomb dropped in one of the world wars.

“We had to move quickly to detonate it as it could have posed a real risk to the hundreds of people working in the studios as these things become more and more unstable the older they are.”

He praised Hertfordshire Constabulary, contractors and studio staff who had worked quickly to make the situation safe, with a minimum amount of disruption.

He added: “Now we know the site is safe, it would be fascinating to know where the device came from as it could be an opportunity to find out a bit more about the history of our town.

“I wonder if anyone who was alive during the Second World War remembers whereabouts the bombs were dropped in Borehamwood.”

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8:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

pwelsh says...

i think it may have been a prop from a short film made on the mound in the late 1990s which converted part of the mound into world war one trenches .

i doubt it could be a world war one or two real bomb as the mound was not there then plus the studio was in use by the military in w.w 2 and i am sure they would have removed it
i think it may have been a prop from a short film made on the mound in the late 1990s which converted part of the mound into world war one trenches . i doubt it could be a world war one or two real bomb as the mound was not there then plus the studio was in use by the military in w.w 2 and i am sure they would have removed it pwelsh
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9:02am Wed 12 Feb 14

Star1988 says...

Going by the website bombsite.co.uk there was in fact a bomb dropped in that area. In fact there were many dropped over Borehamwood. It's quite fascinating to know the history of the town.
Going by the website bombsite.co.uk there was in fact a bomb dropped in that area. In fact there were many dropped over Borehamwood. It's quite fascinating to know the history of the town. Star1988
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9:11am Wed 12 Feb 14

pwelsh says...

there was a bomb that did not explode at front of studio and as you say several dropped over the town. all the bomb sites in bwood were logged at the time and i believe alan lawrence at the museum has the list. as the mound was not there during the war i can't see how a bomb could be there? sounds like a very interesting website
there was a bomb that did not explode at front of studio and as you say several dropped over the town. all the bomb sites in bwood were logged at the time and i believe alan lawrence at the museum has the list. as the mound was not there during the war i can't see how a bomb could be there? sounds like a very interesting website pwelsh
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3:54pm Wed 12 Feb 14

aufwiedpet says...

This is really unbelievable news!

Back in 1982/83 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was filming in Elstree, although set in Germany. In one of the episodes, Kevin Whately's character Neville actually found a bomb whilst 'fetching his ball. For it to now actually happen in the location the series was filmed is remarkable!
This is really unbelievable news! Back in 1982/83 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was filming in Elstree, although set in Germany. In one of the episodes, Kevin Whately's character Neville actually found a bomb whilst 'fetching his ball. For it to now actually happen in the location the series was filmed is remarkable! aufwiedpet
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7:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

laurie says...

Unless I have gone mad I seem to remember looking at a photo of a huge crater caused by a German bomb in Hillside Avenue in the 1940's.This was in a local history book that was published about 20 years plus ago about Borehamwood.Obviousl
y this was at the back of the mound.Perhaps one exploded the other not??.
Unless I have gone mad I seem to remember looking at a photo of a huge crater caused by a German bomb in Hillside Avenue in the 1940's.This was in a local history book that was published about 20 years plus ago about Borehamwood.Obviousl y this was at the back of the mound.Perhaps one exploded the other not??. laurie
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10:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

pwelsh says...

i think we need to wait to hear the official test results on the object . the mystery is that during the war that area was flat therefore surely any bomb dropping would have buried itself into the ground. the mound was created in the 60s and added to in 1990. that is the earth being removed so how would the bomb appear in that higher level earth ?
i think we need to wait to hear the official test results on the object . the mystery is that during the war that area was flat therefore surely any bomb dropping would have buried itself into the ground. the mound was created in the 60s and added to in 1990. that is the earth being removed so how would the bomb appear in that higher level earth ? pwelsh
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2:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

eric 2 says...

aufwiedpet wrote:
This is really unbelievable news!

Back in 1982/83 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was filming in Elstree, although set in Germany. In one of the episodes, Kevin Whately's character Neville actually found a bomb whilst 'fetching his ball. For it to now actually happen in the location the series was filmed is remarkable!
auf wiedersehen pet was made at the ATV studio's now the BBC elstree centre
[quote][p][bold]aufwiedpet[/bold] wrote: This is really unbelievable news! Back in 1982/83 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was filming in Elstree, although set in Germany. In one of the episodes, Kevin Whately's character Neville actually found a bomb whilst 'fetching his ball. For it to now actually happen in the location the series was filmed is remarkable![/p][/quote]auf wiedersehen pet was made at the ATV studio's now the BBC elstree centre eric 2
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