Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

London City Airport shut after Second World War bomb found in dock

London City Airport shut after Second World War bomb found in dock

'Some residents have chosen to remain in their homes and others have made arrangements to stay with friends or family.

"The timing of removal is dependant on the tides, however, at this stage we estimate that the removal of the device from location will be completed by tomorrow morning", a statement issued by the Met Police said.

The Royal Navy is taking precautionary steps to ensure that the bomb is "as safe as possible" before they attempt to remove it from the River Thames and tow it away.

"Work will not start on lifting and removing the device until the initial 214-metre zone is clear".

The discovery of World War II era bombs in London is not particularly rare, as NPR's Ari Shapiro has reported.

London City Airport closed down at 10.00 p.m. local time (GMT) on Sunday after workers found the unexploded bomb at 5.06 a.m. that morning, the London Metropolitan Police said.

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All flights in and out of London on Monday have been cancelled.

"I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents".

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: 'The device has been examined by Met Police and Royal Navy dive teams and is confirmed as being a 500kg tapered-end shell, measuring approximately 1.5m.

Specialist officers are working with the Royal Navy to remove the ordnance, the Metropolitan Police said.

London City airport is the 14th busiest in the United Kingdom with 4.5 million passengers previous year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Authority. According to The Associated Press, "regional airline City Jet said its flights from the airport had been rescheduled to land and take off from London Southend airport", and "Italy's Alitalia said it would operate flights from London Stansted airport".

Thousands of bombs were dropped on London during the "Blitz" by German Air Forces between September 1940 and May 1941 during World War II.

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