World War 2 bomb recovered from Thames, London City Airport shut

Pic BBC

Pic BBC

Several householders were evacuated from their homes overnight and are staying in temporary accommodation.

The bomb was discovered on the King George V Dock of River Thames during planned development works, due to which a 241m exclusion zone was set up and the London City Airport was announced as closed.

"At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public", a statement said. During the world war, London was heavily bombed and this is the reason such an ordnance was discovered during the preplanning work at the airport.

The London City Airport is an worldwide airport located in the Newham Borough of East London.

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London City Airport tweeted Sunday that the airport has shut down while the ordnance is dealt with, adding, "Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice".

A number of road cordons are in place, and motorists planning to travel through this part of Newham borough are urged to seek alternative routes.

The Royal Navy "confirmed the nature of the device", police said.

Operations to remove the bomb are ongoing. There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. "Good service on the rest of the line".

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