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London City Airport shut down after discovery of WWII bomb in Thames

London City Airport shut down after discovery of WWII bomb in Thames

Residents who were evacuated following the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb near London City Airport can return to their homes, police said.

On Sunday morning, construction workers working on an extension of the London City Airport discovered a bomb in the George V Dock.

The airport said it would remain closed for the rest of the day but should be open as normal on Tuesday.

Several householders were evacuated overnight and are staying in temporary accommodation while Royal Navy bomb disposal experts attempt to float the 1.5-metre long weapon before it can be removed.

Flight operations at London City Airport have resumed today, after a 500-kg WW2 explosive device was found during building work nearby yesterday.

The airport was shut down 10:00 p.m. local time and will continue to be closed through Monday.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are working alongside the Metropolitan Police to safely remove a Second World War device found in the River Thames
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are working alongside the Metropolitan Police to safely remove a Second World War device found in the River Thames

Jonny Campbell, the naval officer in charge of the bomb disposal divers, said the ordnance would be towed along the river after being removed from the sea bed. The Royal Navy implemented the 214-meter exclusion zone to "ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public", according to Met Police.

"We will then attach high-grade military explosives before carrying out a controlled explosion".

A total of 261 arrivals and departures had been scheduled for Monday.

An unexploded World-War-II-era bomb has shut down London's City Airport, leaving all flights in and out of the airport cancelled and affecting up to 16,000 passengers.

It is also close to London's East End which was bombed heavily during the Blitz - Germany's bombing campaign on the United Kingdom during 1940 and 1941.





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