WATCH: Royal Navy detonates 1,100-pound World War II bomb found in the River Thames

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have detonated a large wartime device that was recently discovered in the River Thames.

The 500 kg (1,102 pound) bomb was found in the George V Dock in North Woolwich during construction work at the London City airport early on Sunday. The discovery of the large German bomb prompted the closure of the airport, as well as the evacuation of nearby residents from their homes.

Royal Navy bomb disposal divers were called to the scene and, working with the British Army and the Metropolitan Police, made the bomb safe before removing it on Monday. The bomb, a 5-foot-long tapered end shell, was floated down the River Thames and taken to a Ministry of Defense facility at Shoeberryness in Essex.


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