WWII Bomb That Closed London City Airport Is Detonated at Sea

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WWII Bomb That Closed London City Airport Is Detonated at Sea

The Royal Navy has captured the moment bomb disposal experts detonated a World War Two bomb weighing half a tonne.

Airport security the world over has changed dramatically in the years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, particularly in nations with close ties to the United States like the UK.

The historic ordnance was found in King George V Dock as part of pre-planned survey work being carried out ahead of construction for the airport's £480 million development programme. London City airport itself is built between former harbor basins.

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The bomb-disposal team removed the bomb with a lifting bag and dragged it down the Thames overnight to Shoeburyness, a coastal town 60 kilometers east of the bomb's original location, a Royal Navy spokeswoman told Business Insider.

The bomb was first discovered buried in dense silt on Sunday near London City Airport's runway, located by the River Thames.

The area where the airport stands used to be an industrial center, and it came under heavy bombardment from German planes during the war.

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The subsequent safeguarding and detonation of the historic device was handled by a joint operation between the Royal Navy, British Army bomb disposal teams, and the Metropolitan Police.

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts return after detonating the device.

The bomb had explosives attached to it and was then detonated by the Royal Navy out at sea.

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'As a result, the exclusion zone has now been lifted and the airport will be open as normal on Tuesday'.

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