Unexploded bomb diffused by army experts

PUBLISHED: 12:48 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 10 May 2010

Army tackle enormous unexploded bomb in East London.  Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) Royal Engineers will carry out a detailed and delicate operation on a device containing 1000kg of explosive.

The unexploded World War II German bomb was found near Sugar House Lane close to Bromley-by-Bow underground station on Monday 2 June 2008, by a group of civilian contractors working on the 2012 Olympics project.

The Army team was called to the area, and immediately constructed a structure containing some 380 tonnes of sand to help reduce the blast effects if the bomb detonated. 

Although the explosive isn't located in a residential area, the public are being kept at a 500 metre distance for safety reasons. All tasks over the past four days have taken place during 0100 hours and 0400 hours to minimise the distruption caused.

Army tackle enormous unexploded bomb in East London. Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) Royal Engineers will carry out a detailed and delicate operation on a device containing 1000kg of explosive. The unexploded World War II German bomb was found near Sugar House Lane close to Bromley-by-Bow underground station on Monday 2 June 2008, by a group of civilian contractors working on the 2012 Olympics project. The Army team was called to the area, and immediately constructed a structure containing some 380 tonnes of sand to help reduce the blast effects if the bomb detonated. Although the explosive isn't located in a residential area, the public are being kept at a 500 metre distance for safety reasons. All tasks over the past four days have taken place during 0100 hours and 0400 hours to minimise the distruption caused.

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AN UNEXPLODED Second World War bomb has been safely defused by Saffron Walden army experts. A bomb disposal team from 33 Engineer Regiment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), based at the Carver Barracks in Wimbish, was called into action last week. Team

AN UNEXPLODED Second World War bomb has been safely defused by Saffron Walden army experts.

A bomb disposal team from 33 Engineer Regiment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), based at the Carver Barracks in Wimbish, was called into action last week.

Team leader Major Matt Davies said: "We usually get about two or three calls a year to deal with Second World War bombs, but this was probably the largest unexploded device found in London for the last 30 years."

Construction workers discovered the 1000kg "Hermann" German bomb while clearing a site for the 2012 Olympic Games in Sugar House Lane, East London, on Monday June 2.

"The bomb was potentially very dangerous," said Major Davies. "People wrongly assume that because a device is more than 60 years old it will not go off, but this is not the case.

"The bomb was extremely sensitive had to be dealt with on site - it would have been too dangerous to carry across London."

The 1000kg war relic was picked up by a digger in a river that runs through the East London site and was deposited on the bank when the operator realised what he was carrying.

The Metropolitan police cordoned off the area and advised the local population of the find. The specialists from Saffron Walden arrived on the scene just before 3pm.

"The location of the bomb was a real concern," said Major Davies. "It was close to a train line, gas works and listed buildings.

"After identifying the device our first task was to construct a sand wall around it to absorb any of the fragments if it detonated."

The protective wall was completed by Wednesday evening. The next task was to immunise the fuse, a dangerous operation which, unusually, required two approaches by the bomb disposal officer. This was carried out throughout Wednesday night.

On Thursday the team cut two holes in the bomb and started to steam out the explosive. Once the explosive had been removed it was burnt and then a small controlled explosion was carried out on Friday to destroy the fuse and detonator.

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