A World War II bomb was found near the runway of London
City Airport on Sunday.
The airport shut on Sunday and Monday, with hundreds of
The British Royal Navy dragged the bomb down the Thames
overnight and plans to detonate it in the middle of the sea on
The Royal Navy has dragged an unexploded World War II bomb down
the River Thames overnight and plans to detonate it at sea on
The bomb — a 500-kilogram tapered-end shell, measuring about 1.5
metres (4.9 feet) long — was discovered buried in dense silt near
the runway of London City Airport on Sunday morning.
The airport shut on Sunday night and all of Monday so that
London police and a Royal Navy bomb disposal team could remove
the device. Hundreds of flights were cancelled, disrupting some
16,000 people’s travel plans.
The bomb disposal team has since removed the bomb with a lifting
bag and dragged it down the Thames overnight to Shoeburyness, a
coastal town 60 kilometres east of the bomb’s original location,
a Royal Navy spokeswoman told Business Insider.
The unexploded ordnance is now at a military range in the sea off
Shoeburyness, Essex. The navy plans to attach high-grade military
detonators to blow it up around 11 a.m. local time (GMT) on
The area where the airport stands used to be an industrial
centre, and came under heavy bombardment from German planes
during the war. Unexploded bombs still occasionally turn up
during construction work.
London City Airport operates
flights to and from the UK and Europe, as well as New York.
More than 4.5 million people used the airport last year.