- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

LONDON (AP) - Britain’s Royal Navy on Friday removed and detonated a still-dangerous World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called Thursday afternoon “to reports of suspected World War II ordnance in the river” found by a dredger near the Houses of Parliament.

Police cordoned off roads in the area and closed two bridges over the river. Nearby Westminster subway station also was shut.


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Navy disposal teams towed the 2-foot by 1-foot (60-centimeter by 30-centimeter) device downriver to Tilbury, in the Thames estuary, where it was detonated.

Lt. Mike St Pierre, who led the bomb-disposal team, said the device was in good condition, “and it clearly still presented a danger.”



London was heavily bombed by Nazi Germany during the war, and unexploded munitions are still occasionally found.

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