A World War Two bomb which was discovered in a building site in south east London was successfully destroyed in a controlled explosion carried out by army bomb disposal experts. Construction workers came across the unexploded German 1,000lb bomb on the former site of the Southwark Irish Pensioners Centre in Bermondsey. Due to its size, a 400m exclusion zone surrounding the 5ft long device was enforced and more than 1,000 homes were evacuated including two schools. Residents were encouraged to go to one of the rest centres set up by the council where they could get a hot meal and a tea or coffee while the experts decided how best to deal with the unexploded ordnance. In the event the army built an ‘igloo’ like structure around the bomb to protect the surrounding buildings before the decision was taken to transport the device to Kent where it was safely detonated. Well done chaps.
April 8, 2015