WWII Bomb Smashes Windows And Cars On London Street
Residents on a South London street have been left angry, after a controlled bomb explosion caused damage to cars and windows.
After Scotland Yard and police were called in, the army also turned up to safely detonate the bomb at about 4pm the next day, however the explosion caused windows to smash and damage to cars.
According to posts on social media, the sound of the bomb could be heard up to eight miles away.
Well the 2,000 pound WW2 Bomb went off in Kingston...and I still have the hiccups, strange day #kingstonbomb pic.twitter.com/ZnFmHXcv27
- Georgia (@George_Kirkland) May 24, 2019
The unexploded World War 2 bomb was discovered on a building site on Thursday, leading to local schools and universities being evacuated.
Police recommended at least 1,500 residents should steer clear of the area as they put up a cordon. Many were unable to return home on Thursday night.
Waiting to get my window boarded up.... :tired_face: #Iknewthiswouldhappen #kingstonbomb pic.twitter.com/gx2d47Q4Ku
- Rachel Major (@RachMajor) May 24, 2019
Ok, here's what you've been waiting for. The 'first' video of the actual impact of 'the bomb'. #kingstonbomb #bombkingston #fassettroad #KingstonuponThames #ww2bomb #history pic.twitter.com/8FWMzdSXXM
- Jim Richardson (@Jimi_Richie) May 24, 2019
All is quiet today in Kingston, businesses are open and most people return to their homes except for a few unlucky on Fassett road, the blast zone is incredible to see. Utilities work will make service spotty for some this coming week #kingston @SkyNews @SurreyComet #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/fbCfedOXAp
- Brandon Mitchell (@Brandon2quick) May 25, 2019
At the site, the Army team posed for a picture at the crater left by the blast.
We end the week on a delightful high GSU MACA Troop successfully took part in the safe demolition of a WW2 German Bomb in Kingston Upon Thames, London. Working tirelessly through the night to put in a mitigation system to allow for a safe controlled detonation.@Proud_Sappers pic.twitter.com/JbDy46cPxf
- Carver Barracks (@carverbarracks) May 24, 2019
According to clever bomb people, the device is thought to have been a SC250, or Sprengbombe Cylindrisch 250. They were both used by the Luftwaffe during the Blitz, when they dropped 24,000 tons of high explosive on London in 85 major raids.
Police said damage had been limited to a 50-yard radius of the detonation, but according to social media, people were left crying in the streets after damage was caused to expensive cars and windows.
It's unclear if people affected will be compensated.
Featured Image Credit: Kingston Police