Incredible video shows explosion of 500kg WW2 bomb that brought London City Airport to standstill



Incredible footage has captured the dramatic moment a 500kg World War Two bomb discovered near London City Airport exploded from beneath the waters of the Thames estuary.

Video recorded by Royal Navy bomb disposal experts shows a huge column of water shooting into the sky as the ordnance was detonated from beneath the water on Wednesday. 

The 1.5-metre long tapered end shell was detonated by Royal Navy diver teams near Shoeburyness, Essex after it was transported down the river using a flotation device from where it was found near London City Airport.

The detonation and the aftermath of the explosion was completed in about a minute. 

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

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

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

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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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The bomb was moved into the Thames estuary ahead of a controlled explosion

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

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Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, the officer in charge of Southern Diving Unit 2, said: “The operation to remove the Second World War bomb from London City Airport was extremely successful. My team worked incredibly hard to ensure public safety remained the priority at all times.

“Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are called out roughly every 18 hours to incidents such as this and we are well trained and well placed to deal with them. We are pleased that London City Airport was able to reopen yesterday while we safely detonate the device well away from any public areas out at sea.”

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

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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. 

 

Royal Navy divers dispose of 500kg Second World War bomb

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.

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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.

Robert Sinclair, the CEO of London City Airport, said: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Royal Navy and in particular, the team of expert divers under the command of Lieutenant Commander Sean Heaton for their professionalism and tireless efforts over a prolonged period to bring this operation to a safe conclusion.

“Monday’s events caused a lot of disruption, not least for our local residents and passengers, but flights returned to normal on Tuesday.

“The collaboration between the Royal Navy, the Metropolitan Police, the Army and London Borough of Newham represented an excellent example of London emergency planning.”



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