Unexploded 450 kilo WWII-era bomb causes evacuation in London, England
When a construction crew in London, England accidentally stumbled upon a 1,000-pound (450 kg) unexploded Second World War bomb on Monday, the situation was demurely described by police as a "big fuss."
Part of the "fuss" included the closure of the nearby Tower Bridge and the evacuation of about 1,200 residents from their homes that were within a 220-yard radius of the bomb.
On Monday, we spoke with Tim Carter, whose home was within the bomb's radius.
Fortunately, by tea time the next day, the all-clear was sounded as British Army engineers successfully defused the bomb.
"I think a number of the residents will be extremely relieved," Ben Johnson, councillor for the London borough of Southwark where the bomb was discovered, tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "Those who were within  metres of the bomb... haven't been back to their homes since early yesterday morning when they were evacuated (from their homes) by the police."
Army engineers worked through the night inside a makeshift bunker around the bomb.
“"The army bomb disposal team removed two fuses from the bomb; they deactivated those,” Johnson says. “They then [took] them away to Kent, at a site which I'm told is frequently used for disposing of explosives.”
During the Second World War, southeast London was the hub of industry and commerce -- and as a result, the area was heavily bombed.
“It is highly likely -- not that anyone should be panicked -- that there are other bombs there as yet undiscovered,” Johnson adds. “Which, as far as I can tell, are safe until they're disturbed.”
The London Fire Brigade reports that it has defused seven Second World War-era bombs in the city between 2009 and 2014.