Bomb Squad Collapses WWII Wine Cellar

Blast reveals cellar before it is destroyed


Feb. 7, 2012 – The old phrase “easy come, easy go” held all too true for one Britain man after a bomb disposal unit detonated unexploded World War II mortars in his garden.

Tim Woodall was digging in his garden in Saffron Walden, Suffolk when he discovered the bomb, according to Decanter. Woodall called the police who shortly thereafter arrived and set off a controlled explosion. The blast exposed a wine cellar filled with French wines from vintages between 1931 to 1937.

Unfortunately for Woodall, what the bomb giveth, the bomb taketh away. Inside the cellar, police discovered two more explosives and determined that those had to be blown up as well, Woodall said in his letter. The resulting blast collapsed the shelter and Woodall was left deflated.

From Decanter:

“Woodall's letter goes on, ‘A secret wine cellar containing old vintage wine had just been blown up in front of our eyes…It was depressing to end the most exciting day in our lives with a cup of tea, instead of something infinitely more interesting.’”

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  • C'est dommage !!

    Feb 08, 2012 at 11:42 AM

  • Snooth User: casperlory
    930444 38

    I"m so very sorry for your loss. Was it not possible to remove the wines prior to blowing them to kingdom come?

    Feb 08, 2012 at 5:17 PM

  • Snooth User: Wayne Stainrook
    Hand of Snooth
    1020053 245

    According to the full article on, The bomb squad wanted to detonate the bombs found in the cellar immediately because they were afraid the first explosion may have aggravated them. Rather than take the chance of them going off, they decided the safest course of action was to control the explosion where they lay.

    Feb 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: Montresor
    1038255 0

    They really did it.

    Those manics.

    Damn them!

    Damn them ... all ... to. ... hell !!!

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM

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