Devon and Cornwall Police said a 100m police cordon around the site in Glenthorne Road will be expanded to 400m at 8am as Royal Navy bomb disposal specialists continue to assess the 2.5m (8ft) by 70cm (27in) device. Residents within the cordon will need to leave their properties by 9am and stay away from the area while experts conduct work to make the device safe. Police said they hope the work will be completed by the end of the day on Saturday.
The bomb was first reported to police at 9.20am on Friday, with the University of Exeter evacuating 12 halls of residence along with a number of other buildings at its Streatham Campus.
The university said in a statement on Twitter affected students were “temporarily relocated to hotels in the city”
Devon and Cornwall Police said more than 2,000 homes are being evacuated in preparation for detonation of World War II-era bomb.
In a statement in said: “A 400-metre cordon is in place and around 2,600 properties have been evacuated in preparation for the examination of a possible unexploded World War Two device, which was located at a site on Glenthorne Road, Exeter, yesterday, Friday 26 February.
“The device was located on a building site on private land to the west of the University of Exeter campus.
“An initial 100-metre cordon was erected and the evacuation commenced yesterday evening and continued this morning at the request of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team who worked through the night to establish a walled mitigation structure.”