London City Airport Temporarily Shuts Down After Discovery Of World War II Bomb

| February 12 , 2018 , 10:32 IST

The London City Airport on Sunday night temporarily closed down after a World War II bomb was discovered in the nearby River Thames, close to the runway of the airport, which is considered to be the most central airport of London.

The bomb was discovered on the King George V Dock of River Thames during planned development works, due to which a 241m exclusion zone was set up and the London City Airport was announced as closed.  

"Following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock as part of planned development works, a 214m exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed," said the London City Airport in an official statement.

"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 statement continued.

The police said that the decision to close the airport had been taken "to ensure that the ordinance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public."

Specialist police officers and the Royal Navy are dealing with the bomb, that is likely one of the thousands of bombs dropped on London by the German Air Forces during the 'Blitz' between September 1940 and May 1941.

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Although more than 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, unexploded bombs are often found. An unexploded 1,400-tonne British bomb from World War II, nicknamed "Wohnblockknacker" (blockbuster) by the German media, was discovered in Frankfurt city of Germany in August 2017, the defusing of which required the evacuation of nearly 70,000 people in the city.