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London airport reopens after WW2 bomb removed

IANS  |  London 

The City Airport reopened on Tuesday after an unexploded 500kg Second World War was safely removed from the area.

The device was discovered in a bed of silt, 15m underwater at the George V Dock on Sunday during planned work at the east airport, reports the

All flights were cancelled on Monday after an exclusion zone was put in place, with the closure affecting up to 16,000 passengers and nearby residents being evacuated from their homes.

A total of 261 arrivals and departures had been scheduled for Monday.

The is due to be detonated in a controlled explosion in Shoeburyness later on Tuesday.

divers worked through Monday night to move the 1.5m-long German down the

City Airport's said it would be "business as usual" on Tuesday.

Between September 1940 and May 1941, the Germans dropped about 24,000 tonnes of explosives on - but 10 per cent of them did not detonate, according to historians.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 14:54 IST