Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

World War II bomb closes London City Airport

World War II bomb closes London City Airport

London City Airport has been closed following the discovery of a World War II bomb in the River Thames nearby.

The airport will remain closed all day today and all flights will be cancelled while the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police work to safely remove the device. "The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible".

"As a result, London City Airport is now closed", said the London City Airport in an official statement.

You can check the affected flights to and from Dublin Airport here (arrivals) and here (departures). "London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling".

Passengers due to fly on Monday are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice.

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Metropolitan police were called after the bomb was revealed. It is located in the East of London near the Canary Wharf business district. The zone was made into exclusion area at 2200 GMT.

Police set up a 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone at 10pm on Sunday to decrease risks to the public after its origin was confirmed by specialist officers and the Royal Navy.

German Air Forces during "Blitz" in September 1940 and May 1941 dropped thousands of bombs on London.

The ordnance had been discovered as part of planned work that was taking place at the airport.

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