Army to detonate 100lb WW2 bomb found at Wembley

Luftwaffe bomb cancels Britain’s Got Talent rehearsals

Bomb Wembley May 2015

Photo via Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC/Twitter

The Army are to detonate a 100lb Second World War bomb unearthed during construction work near Wembley Stadium.

The discovery of the two-foot long Luftwaffe incendiary caused thousands of people to be evacuated from nearby homes and businesses yesterday, as well as stopping rehearsals for Britain’s Got Talent.

Many residents were forced to spend the night away from home, and police said that the detonation could take up to a week to carry out depending on the condition of the rusted 70-year-old bomb.

According to the Evening Standard, the find has thrown tomorrow’s League Two play-off between Wycombe Wanderers and Southend United into doubt.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The device was discovered by builders working at the location.

“Officers are at the scene and a 400m cordon has been implemented around the site whilst work is underway to make the device safe.

“Road closures are in place and police are liaising with our partners to assist the displaced people.”

A Royal Engineers Captain said:  “This bomb is a potentially dangerous condition so it’s important that people listen to the police and evacuate their homes if asked.

“We will do all we can to minimise the disruption but ask the public to bear with us - any bomb, even under a controlled explosion could cause significant damage to property and there is a genuine risk to life”.

 

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