London City Airport closed after WWII bomb found nearby

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The London City Airport is an worldwide airport located in the Newham Borough of East London.

Travel around one of London's major airports has been plunged into chaos after the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb.

Police were called to the scene at the George V Dock, North Woolwich, just after 5am on Sunday.

The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London's most central airport, during planned works. The exclusion zone was implemented at 10pm the same day to ensure public safety, police said.

A subsequent 214-metre radius "safe zone" has been set up around the site, with all passengers asked to deter from arriving at the airport.

"London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling".

London City Airport World War II bomb discovery
Image A 214-metre exclusion zone has been put in place

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

London City Airport advised passengers not to travel to the airport and their airline.

Specialist officers and the Royal Navy confirmed the device was explosive and the airport was shut at 22:00.

There will be disruption to inbound and outgoing flights, the police spokesman said.

London City Airport has been closed after waterfront workers unearthed the device in the nearby river Thames.