Passengers have been told not to travel to London City Airport after authorities discovered an unexploded WW2 bomb in the Thames river.
The bomb was discovered near the George V dock in East London which is situated near the London City Airport. The ordinance was discovered as part of pre-planned work on the runway and authorities have now created a 214-metre perimeter.
The Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the evacuation order, and the work required to ensure that the area is safe, will result in a lot of disruption for commuters and travellers in the area. Both outbound and inbound flights will suffer severe delays while engineers and other experts work to make sure the bomb is no longer a threat to anyone’s life.
If you are expected to fly from the airport any time in the future then you should contact the airline to check how your travel plans will be affected.
There are also road closures in the area, as emergency services work to make sure that the evacuation order is followed.
A representative from the airport told reporters,
“Following the discovery of a world war two ordnance in King George V Dock as part of planned development works, a 214 metre exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met police. As a result, London City airport is currently closed.
“All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information. Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice.
“The airport is cooperating fully with the Met police, Royal Navy and [the] London borough of Newham.”
Unexploded bombs from the WW2 and WW1 are surprisingly common across Europe. Despite often being close to a hundred years old many of them still remain potent and pose a serious threat to infrastructure and public safety. It is estimated that there are thousands of tons of unexploded bombs across Europe. In 2007 thousands of people were evacuated from their homes when a bomb was discovered in Plymoth, and a similar incident occurred in 2008 when a bomb weighing thousands of kilos was discovered in East London.