Giant WWII bomb dug up by builders in London

March 27th, 2015

Second World War bomb blown up in Hackney’s Clissold Park
Dramatic footage of WW2 bomb raid emerges

The Met is warning the disruption could last for a long time yet as experts attempt to safely dispose of the potentially volatile device.

A Met Police spokesman said: “The device is huge – it is a big fuss. Self-evidently from the nature of the operation, it is a big one, it is being dealt with but it could be problematic.

“We are on the case along with partner agencies but this could take a very long time. We will be issuing a further statement shortly.”

A member of the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal team at the scene (Jamie Lorriman)

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade, which has crews at the scene assisting bomb disposal units and the police, said the operation was likely to be a protracted one.

He said: “A large number of people have been evacuated from that area including homes and businesses as a precaution.

“We are assisting at the incident and it is likely to be a protracted one that could go on for some time.

“Whether that is due to the nature of the device or some other difficulty we’re not sure. We are on the scene to ensure it is as safe as possible.”

Police and Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal Unit securing the area (LNP)

A Scotland Yard spokesman added: “At this early stage, the unexploded bomb is thought to be approximately 5ft long and 1000lbs in weight.

“A cordon and a wider exclusion zone of 400 meters has been put in place as a precaution, whilst we deal with the incident.

“We are working with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and Southwark Council who are also on scene.

“There a number of road closures and traffic diversions in the area.”

A wartime digaram show different German bomb sizes


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