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An Unexploded World War II Bomb Causes London City Airport to Shut Down

It’s pretty crazy how the past can come back to haunt you. The London City Airport experienced this in a major way after discovering an unexploded World War II bomb in the general vicinity.

Workers found the apparatus in the River Thames during planned work on Sunday. The airport took immediate action, shutting down at 10 p.m. Royal Navy experts were called in to safely remove the bomb from the area, with a 700-foot exclusion zone for safety. Residents near the airport were evacuated for the night.

Those flying out were effected, too: 284 flights were cancelled on Monday due to the discovery. A total of 9,000 people were not able to fly out of the sprawling airport. An unexploded ordinance is apparently a rather common discovery in the area, especially during construction.

Glad to hear no one was injured; bet there were plenty of pissed-off passengers though!

[via NBC News]

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