LONDON: Travel around one of London’s major airports has been plunged into chaos after the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb.
London City Airport has been closed after waterfront workers unearthed the device in the nearby river Thames.
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have set up a 214m exclusion zone around the King George V dock, about 15km east of central London. Surrounding roads have also been closed.
Attempts to remove the ordnance began on Sunday night local time but the airport remains closed.
A spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police said: “The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 5.06am on Sunday.
“At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214m exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.”
There will be disruption to inbound and outgoing flights, the police spokesman said.