Royal Navy Detonates Bomb That Caused Shut Down of London City Airport

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts blow up a World War II shell at sea

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts blow up a World War II shell at sea

London's City Airport will open as usual after experts removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb from the nearby River Thames.

The detonation, which took take place off Shoeburyness, Essex, was postponed on Tuesday because of high winds and risky conditions for divers.

The 1.5-metre long weapon was detonated in the Thames estuary off Sheburyness, Essex.

The bomb - a 500-kilogram tapered-end shell, measuring about 1.5 meters, or 4.9 feet, long - was discovered buried in dense silt near the runway of London City Airport on Sunday morning, February 11th.

"I'm immensely proud of the Royal Navy bomb disposal teams who have worked in very hard conditions over the last 36 hours to safely dispose of this Second World War bomb", said Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster. The Navy plans to attach high-grade military detonators to blow it up.

A Royal Navy bomb disposal team return to the shore after destroying the bomb. Crown
A Royal Navy bomb disposal team return to the shore after destroying the bomb. Crown

The half-tonne ordnance was discovered in the River Thames at the George V Dock in east London, close to the airport on Monday.

The airport closed Sunday night and all of Monday so Royal Navy bomb disposal experts could remove the device.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts return after detonating the device. It is likely that the bomb may have been dropped by German aircraft attacking what was once a London industrial center that stood where the airport is now located.

More unexploded devices have been discovered in recent years as intensive building works on projects such as Crossrail disturb ground untouched since the conflict ended 75 years ago.

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