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London Neighborhood Evacuated After World War II Bomb Uncovered

March 03, 2017

A neighborhood in northwest London was forced to evacuate after a 500 pound World War II bomb was uncovered at a building site.

A British Army bomb disposal team came in to dispose of the bomb Friday morning.

Construction workers found the bomb on Thursday while clearing the building site so that an apartment block could be built in Brondesbury Park.

Hundreds of residents in the area, schools and businesses were evacuated while the bomb was being disposed of. Trains and buses were delayed during the efforts to remove the bomb.


Early Friday, the bomb experts constructed a blast protection layer around the device so it could be safely removed.

Some people spent the night at a local church while the Army’s Royal Engineers worked.

Occasionally, World War II bombs can be found in London due to a high concentration of German bombs being dropped on civilian and industrial targets in the city during the Blitz between 1940 and 1941.

Starting September 7, 1940, London was systematically bombed by the Luftwaffe for 56 out of the following 57 day and nights.