WW2 Bomb found in basment in Bethnal Green
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A unexploded World War Two bomb has been found in London in Bethnal Green the authorities have evacuated 130 local people from the area.
The bomb, thought to weigh around 500lb, was unearthed at a building site near the junction of Temple Street with Old Bethnal Green Road.
Residents living within a 100m hazard zone have been told to stay away for 24 hours while specialists investigate the device.
The Ministry of Defence said bomb disposal experts were at the scene.Military bomb disposal experts have arrived at Temple Street, Bethnal Green after an unexploded 250kg World War Two device was discovered.
The bomb is believed to have been dropped over London during German raids in the early 1940s but did not detonate and had lain undisturbed deep in the ground for 70 years.
An Army spokesperson commented: “We can confirm that a specialist military bomb disposal team from 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps are on site in Bethnal Green and are assisting the Police with the on-going incident involving a WWII German aircraft bomb that was discovered earlier today.
“As with previous incidents, it is important that people follow any advice given by the Police.”
The military EOD teams have extensive experience with these situations, having operated in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.
Earlier this year they detonated similar devices discovered in Wembley and Bermondsey.