London Airport Reopens After World War II Bomb Removed from Thames


The Metropolitan Police service cleared an area within 700 feet of the bomb, including several residential streets, as officers worked with specialists from the Royal Navy to remove the device.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy dispose of a CT-500 500lb bomb from World War Two in the water at London City Airport.

An unexploded Second World War bomb that caused widespread travel disruption will be towed out to sea for nine hours before being detonated in a controlled explosion.

Unexploded World War Two bombs are occasionally found in the United Kingdom and their discovery triggers a military response.

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"With 30 knots of wind blowing onto the coast and sea swell of up to two metres we would be putting our divers at risk if we continued in this weather".

A spokeswoman from the Royal Navy said: 'We're expecting that the bomb will be disposed of at around 11am today.

"It's not everyday we find a bomb this big, it is one of the larger bombs the Germans dropped", he added.

City Airport's chief executive Robert Sinclair told media: 'The World War Two ordnance discovered in King George V Dock has been safely removed by the Royal Navy and Met Police.

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The airport's terminal building reopened at 04:30 GMT and the airfield opened at 06:30.

"We would again like to thank everyone affected for their patience and cooperation".

He said his team had "a long night ahead" before the bomb is finally destroyed underwater on Tuesday morning.

A tunnel used by some rail services from St Pancras International was also closed around midnight, affecting services.

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According to the airport's website, a total of 261 arrivals and departures had been scheduled for Monday.