Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have detonated the World War II bomb that was recently discovered in the River Thames (Royal Navy/Ministry of Defence)
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have detonated a large war machine that was recently discovered in the River Thames.
The 500 kg (1,102 lb) bomb was found in the George V Dock at North Woolwich during the construction of London City airport early on Sunday. The discovery of the large German bomb prompted the closure of the airport, as well as the evacuation of residents from their homes.
Royal Navy bomb disposal divers were called to the scene and working with the British Army and the Metropolitan Police, the bomb safe for removal of the on Monday. The bomb, a 5-meter-long, tapered end of the shell, was floated down the River Thames and taken to a Ministry of Defence facility on the Shoeberryness in Essex.
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Bad weather prevented the Royal Navy from the explosion of the bomb in the waters off the coast of Shoeberryness Tuesday. The device was successfully blown up on Wednesday, sending a large plume of water into the air.
💣Watch the moment @RoyalNavy deminers detonate the 500kg #SecondWorldWar bomb found in the #RiverThames. 💣
More details: https://t.co/IHue2nJbPq pic.twitter.com/dkDFREOrNv
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) February 14, 2018
“The operation to remove the Second world War bomb from the London City Airport was very successful,” said Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, the officer in charge of the bomb disposal unit, in a statement. “My team worked incredibly hard to ensure public safety remained the priority.”
“Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have been called about every 18 hours to incidents such as this, and we are well trained and well placed to deal with them,” he added. “We are pleased that London City Airport was able to reopen yesterday, while we safely detonate the device at a sufficient distance from all public spaces in the sea.”
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Last year, a large part of the Centre of London was shut down while the Royal Navy removed a suspected World War II bomb from the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament.
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