Bethnal Green Bomb: Unexploded Second World War Ordnance Brings East London Area To Halt

An unexploded Second World War bomb has brought part of east London to a standstill, as emergency services evacuated 150 people to deal with the device.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the bomb, uncovered on Monday afternoon by builders at the junction of Old Bethnal Green Road and Temple Street, was 500kg and the army bomb disposal experts were called out to assess it.

The LFB said the cordon had a 100-metre radius and they were called to the scene at 2.16pm.

A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Council told HuffPost UK that people should avoid the area if they can.

They said: “The surrounding area is currently cordoned off to pedestrians and traffic.

"We are taking the advice of the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade and will follow the council’s Emergency Planning procedure to ensure residents and visitors to the borough are kept safe.

"Residents and visitors are advised to avoid this area. We have set up a rest centre in a local school with a full Rest Centre Team en route to the school. Further information will follow in due course.”

People who were evacuated tweeted their pictures of the scene.

The LFB tweeted a picture to show the number of bombs that fell in the area during the Second World War, which gives you some idea of why finding unexploded ones is relatively common.