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Last updated: 15/10/2018, 12:57 PM

Bethnal Green unexploded WW2 bomb

11/08/2015 14:16
Tower Hamlets
Hazardous materials

The World War II bomb that was found in Bethnal Green on Monday has been made safe and removed from the area by military personnel.

The 500lb bomb was discovered by contractors working at Temple Street on Monday. Fire crews assisting colleagues from the Army, Metropolitan Police and Tower Hamlets council. Evacuated residents will soon be allowed back into their homes.

Military personnel from 621 Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, worked throughout the night to stabilise and defuse the bomb, which is believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early 1940s but did not detonate.

Station Manager Matt Burrows who was at the scene said:

"Our Urban Search and Rescue crews provided equipment and assistance to Army bomb disposal crews who worked carefully to remove the bomb from the basement.

“A great deal of work was being carried out by firefighters, army, police and local authorities to safely remove and defuse this bomb. We'd to thank local residents for their patience."

The Brigade was called at 1416 yesterday and the bomb was safely removed at 1410. 

Since 2009 the Brigade has attended nine unexploded WWII bombs.

World War 2 bomb map