Video: Disposal experts detonate German World War II bomb

Explosive experts have successfully detonated a 500lb German World War Two bomb in an operation at a building site in London.

The detonation of the German WWII SC 500lb bomb, at Shrewburyness Range. Picture; contributed

Homes and schools were evacuated on on Thursday after the unexploded device was found at a Brondesbury Park building site near Brent, where building work had been taking place.

The SC 500lb air-dropped bomb was found during excavation work on the site, and the Army’s Royal Engineers were called to the scene.

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They handed responsibility of the ultimate disposal of the bomb to the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 after it was taken to the MOD Shoeburyness Range near Southend, Essex.

Police had set up a large exclusion zone, with schools, businesses and homes evacuated and roads closed.

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The moment before the explosion. Picture; contributed
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The moment before the explosion. Picture; contributed