MAY­HEM AS WWII BOMB FOUND.

Ottawa Citizen - - NP -

1 DIS­COV­ERY HALTS ABOUT 300 FLIGHTS

Here’s a fresh one for com­muters in Lon­don: All flights to and from Lon­don City Air­port were can­celled Mon­day af­ter an un­ex­ploded Sec­ond World War bomb was found buried in the muck in the River Thames near the end of a run­way. The Evening Standard re­ported: “About 300 ar­rivals and de­par­tures were can­celled, with about 9,000 pas­sen­gers af­fected, as the air­port was not ex­pected to re­open un­til Tues­day morn­ing.”

2 VERY BIG, VERY OLD, LIKELY FROM BLITZ

Scot­land Yard said, es­sen­tially, that it was a very big, very-old-bomb—at­a­pered end shell al­most two me­tres long and weigh­ing half a ton. There is no word yet from the navy divers on whose bomb it was — likely the Ger­man Luft­waffe, which waged the Blitz in 1940-1941, the eight-month aerial bom­bard­ment of mil­i­tary and civil­ian tar­gets in Bri­tain.

3 BURIED UN­DER 10 ME­TRES OF OOZE

A spokesman for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said Mon­day that con­struc­tion crews dis­cov­ered this par­tic­u­lar bomb buried un­der about 10 me­tres of ooze in the Thames at the King Ge­orge V Dock near one end of Lon­don City Air­port. The dock­lands area was a fre­quent tar­get of Ger­man bomb­ing dur­ing the war. “It is ly­ing in a bed of dense silt and the first stage of the re­moval op­er­a­tion is to free the shell from the silt so that it can be floated for re­moval,” Scot­land Yard said in a state­ment. “The tim­ing of re­moval is de­pen­dent on the tides, how­ever, at this stage we es­ti­mate that the re­moval of the de­vice from lo­ca­tion will be com­pleted by to­mor­row morn­ing.”

4 PETS, SPI­DERS, SNAKES ALL PUT DOWN

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in the Express news­pa­per about the Blitz, “Fears of bomb­ing led to 750,000 do­mes­tic pets be­ing put down. Lon­don Zoo de­stroyed all its poi­sonous snakes and spi­ders.” In to­tal, about 50,000 tons of high-ex­plo­sive bombs were dropped dur­ing the Blitz. Wide swaths of the city were de­stroyed by the bombs and re­sult­ing fires.

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