Boom! Giant explosion of WW2 bomb that sparked chaos for thousands at London City Airport



This is the dramatic moment a 500kg World War Two bomb discovered near London City Airport was detonated triggering a huge explosion from beneath water.

The 1.5-metre long ordnance was detonated by bomb disposal experts in the Thames estuary off Shoeburyness, Essex on Wednesday afternoon.  

An image showed a huge column of water shooting towards the sky. 

Royal Navy divers used a flotation device to move the unexploded shell down the River on Monday night after it brought chaos to the East End when it was discovered earlier this week.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts detonate an unexploded Second World War bomb in the Thames estuary off Shoeburyness, Essex (PA)

It was lodged in silt about 11 metres (36ft) underwater and removed by workers the centre of the King George V Dock at about 6pm on Monday night.

Royal Navy clearance divers prepare to detonate the bomb found near City airport (Royal Navy)

The device was being taken into the Thames estuary to be detonated at depth.

Officials had planned to detonate the bomb on Tuesday but it was called off because of bad weather.  

The Port of London Authority escorted it, with boats at the front and back to ensure no danger to other river traffic. Road bridges were closed as the convoy passed by.  

The bomb was later detonated in dramatic scenes sending a column of water shooting hundreds of feet into the sky (Royal Navy)

Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, the officer in charge of Southern Diving Unit 2, said:  

“Our priority is safety to life which is why the airport has been closed as a precautionary measure. 

“We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the device is as safe as possible before we remove it from the sea bed and tow it away to a safe disposal site. 

London City Airport closed – In pictures

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy work to remove the World War Two bomb

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A diver from the Royal Navy prepares to inspect the bomb

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy at the site of the bomb

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Bomb disposal personnel in a boat are seen on the River Thames

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Police wait outside London City Airport

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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A response vehicle is parked close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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Planes on the apron at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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A Royal Navy bomb disposal van at London City Airport

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers on a boat in King V George Dock close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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Metropolitan Police officers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bom

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

“The aim is to cause as little disruption to the city of London as possible.”

Royal Navy divers dispose of 500kg Second World War bomb

Flights resumed at the airport on Tuesday morning, with a British Airways flight from Rotterdam landing at 6.42am and a BA flight to Geneva departing at 6.56am. 

There were slight delays as the airport’s schedule of up to 300 flights got back on track, with the airport busier than usual as a number of passengers unable to travel yesterday flew today.

Meanwhile residents were forced to spend more than 18 hours away from their homes after a 214-metre exclusion zone was established by police, covering seven streets, as a safety precaution.



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