You don’t see this everyday….
On Wednesday, an EOD team with the Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit 2 detonated an 1,100-pound Second World War bomb in the River Thames. The vintage unexploded ordnance was found on Sunday during construction work near London City Airport. The discovery of the bomb led to the closure of the airport and forced the temporary evacuation of nearby residents.
After examination, the device was confirmed as a WWII-era, 1,100-pound tapered end shell measuring five feet long. Bad weather on Tuesday meant that it was unsafe to detonate the bomb, and the dive team guarded it overnight until calmer weather arrived. It was blown up at 1200 hours on Wednesday in the waters off the UK Ministry of Defense’s Shoeburyness range. Thanks to Maritime Executive.