Just to wrap this thread up....LCY London City Airport re-opened this morning for business as usual.
Meanwhile the bomb itself has been lifted, and taken down the River Thames for disposal by controlled explosion somewhere off Southend
En route early this morning, it passed under the Dartford Crossing/QEII Bridge where at 08:55am the bridge was closed to traffic because of..........another WWII bomb.
You know how the Brits love their special offers; BOGOF! Buy One - Get On Free.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l?ITO=1490
To be fair to the Daily Mail, the article above, whilst headlining the discovery of a second bomb 9 miles down the Thames, is probably the best summary of events at LCY that I have seen so far, particularly in terms of pics.
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Zeke (& others)
Whilst the UK is nominally using the metric system, in many cases it reverts to good old imperial measures.
Distances are very much inches/feet/miles in the UK
The proof of this is that whilst official statements refer to a "500kg" German bomb, 1.5m in length, these numbers are often translated for easier understanding by the masses.
BBC; "500kg bomb, 1.5m length, 214m exclusion zone"
The Guardian; "500kg bomb, 1.5m length, 214m exclusion zone"
The Telegraph; "500kg bomb, 1.5m length, 214m exclusion zone"
The Daily Mail; "1,100 lb bomb, 5 ft long, 700 ft......"
To be fair, the younger generation, raised on metric measures, are only interested in facebook and what their favourite celebrity had for breakfast.
Whereas news of these WWII bombs is more relevant to an older generation who relate to imperial units, and who are concerned both from a historical perspective, and also because it interrupts their travel plans in terms of going to work; something they have to do so that the younger generation can laze around at home all day playing video games.....
Anyways...What was it you posted yesterday?
“The transportation of the device - confirmed by Met and Royal Navy dive teams as a 500kg tapered end shell measuring approximately 1.5m - will impact on river traffic and motorists are advised that bridges along the route will be temporarily closed to traffic.”
I guess you called it right.
Royal Navy team preparing to remove the "1,100lb bomb" by dragging it underwater for detonation by a controlled explosion
Note; Original picture is from UK Ministry of Defence, but here lifted from the Daily Mail site
Nothing to see here; move along please.