Army experts detonate Second World War bomb which sparked evacuation
The unexploded bomb was found in Kingston, south west London, on Thursday morning.
A controlled explosion has been carried out on a Second World War bomb which was discovered on a building site.
Police confirmed the bomb, which was found in Kingston, south-west London, was detonated by Army experts on Friday afternoon.
We end the week on a delightful high 🤗 GSU MACA Troop successfully took part in the safe demolition of a WW2 German Bomb in Kingston Upon Thames, London. Working tirelessly through the night to put in a mitigation system to allow for a safe controlled detonation.@Proud_Sappers pic.twitter.com/JbDy46cPxf— Carver Barracks (@carverbarracks) May 24, 2019
“So far, limited damage has been discovered with a 50 metre radius of the detonation,” the Metropolitan Police said.
School and university buildings, two polling stations and roughly 1,500 houses were evacuated after the bomb was found in Fassett Road at about 9.15am on Thursday.
The controlled explosion took place at 4.16pm on Friday and cordons were lifted several hours later.
We have opened the area denoted by the outer circle on the map, to pedestrians only. Please note Penrhyn Road remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles. We will provide additional updates as soon as we can. Again we thank the local community for their patience. pic.twitter.com/YCUieRJ9AJ— Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) May 24, 2019
South West BCU Commander Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar said: “I would like to thank all local residents and businesses owners who have been displaced by this inconvenience.
“The response from the local community and Kingston Council has been so understanding and we are grateful for your cooperation.
“The displacement was for your safety – which was our top priority throughout.
“The matter of detonating this device was taken with the utmost seriousness and I’d like to thank the Army and the other emergency services for their assistance and support.”
She added: “There may also be some ongoing disruption to utilities in the coming week, as a result of dealing with this incident.
“It is not possible to qualify the degree or extent at this stage.”