Video captures moment of controlled explosion at Scatsta Airport

A controlled explosion carried out by the Royal Navy at Scatsta Airport has been captured on video. 

Ryan Williamson took a video of the detonation at around 1pm today (Saturday).

The navy’s northern diving group had been called in after a Canadian pipe bomb, dating back to the Second World War, was uncovered during water works at the site. 

Officers had already inspected the bomb and set up a 1,300m cordon around the site. 

Following the explosion, Police Scotland has been able to reopen the B9076 between Brae and Mossbank. 

The bomb is believed to have been buried at the airport to be detonated in the event of an enemy invasion. 


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.