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Unexploded Second World War bomb to be detonated when weather improves

An unexploded Second World War bomb found in the River Thames will not be detonated until weather conditions make it safe to do so.

Royal Navy bomb disposal divers in King V George Dock close to London City Airport Credit: PA

The Royal Navy planned to conduct a controlled explosion on the ordnance on Tuesday but strong winds and a large sea swell posed a risk to divers. Attempts to destroy the bomb will now be made on Wednesday.

With 30 knots of wind blowing on to the coast and sea swell of up to two metres we would be putting our divers at risk if we continued in this weather.

The bomb presents no risk to the public in its current location, so we will leave it where it currently sits until tomorrow. We can then see if the weather dies down and creates a safer environment for us to destroy the ordnance.

– Commander Del McKnight, commanding officer of the Royal Navy's Fleet Diving Squadron

The 1.5-metre-long tapered-end shell was found 15 metres underwater and was moved to a secure area after its discovery on Sunday morning.