London City Airport shut after WW2 bomb found in Thames

London City airport closed after WWII bomb found in Thames

London City Airport advised all passengers to check with their airlines.

It's not yet publicly known what type of bomb it is, nor when the airport will reopen.

An unexploded bomb from World War II turned up in London's River Thames, according to reports.

Police have set up a 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone and the airport remains closed.

Police said the device was discovered during routine work at the airport early on Sunday morning.

It is unclear how long the runway would remain shut for and travellers expecting to depart from the airport today have been left in limbo as they wait for it to reopen.

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The airport is cooperating fully with the Metropolitan Police, Royal Navy and London Borough of Newham.

The ordnance had been discovered as part of pre-planned work that was taking place at the airport.

"The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy".

"While we endeavor to progress the operation as quickly as possible and minimize disruption, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely", the Metropolitan Police said in its statement. "As a result, London City Airport is now closed", a London City Airport tweet read.

The airport authorities have urged all passengers to avoid travelling to the facility, through a Twitter post. Surrounding roads have also been closed. Traffic is light in the area'.

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