Waterloo Bridge reopens after World War 2 bomb scare – police remove road block | UK | News
London traffic service Jambuster said: “A301 Waterloo Bridge (SE1 / WC2R) (Both Directions) The bridge has been closed following an emergency services incident. Traffic is being diverted away. Seek other routes.” The closure was initially suspected to have been the result of an unexploded World War 2 bomb being found in the area.
An eyewitness wrote on Twitter: “Waterloo bridge closed as WWII bomb has apparently washed up on south side.”
Police confirmed that the object later turned out to be harmless.
Westminster Police tweeted: “Waterloo Bridge was closed for a short time at around 1200hrs after a report of suspected WW2 ordnance on the South side of the river.
“The incident has been stood down.
Nearby underground stations were evacuated as a precaution and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
The bomb was dredged up from the river at around 3am, with Westminster Police tweeting: “Pls bear with us as we deal with dredged up suspected WWII ordnance #RiverThames #Victoria #Westminster.
“Road closures in area for safety.”
It was spotted by a dredger watching materials being pulled from the riverbed.
Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, he said: “Part of my job is to keep an eye on the items coming out and all day long there’s these bucketfuls of muck coming out.
“I suddenly looked down at the barge and shouting ‘what the f ***’s that? That’s af ****** bomb!’
A Port of London Authority spokesman told the BBC that the suspicious object measured around “2 ft by 1 ft”.
In February 2016, another unexploded WW2 bomb was found at Victoria station, forcing the evacuation of the area.
November 2016 saw disruption to cross-channel ferries, as Portsmouth Harbor was evacuated while a controlled explosion was carried out on a 500lb second world war bomb.