A timeline of the Bermondsey bomb, with the best photos, videos and Tweets

News Desk (26 March, 2015)

Click here to view the best photos and online reaction to the 1000lb WW2 bomb found in Grange Walk.

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09:18 MONDAY – Police called about suspected bomb at Grange Walk.

10:30 – Area within 400m of bomb cordoned off to traffic, within 200m is no-go zone. Police begin evacuating residents and workers.

11:00 – Boutcher Primary School, Kintore Way Children’s Centre and Harris Academy pupils evacuated. Worried parents gather at police cordon.

11:05 – Tower Bridge closed in both directions. Traffic chaos across Southwark and other parts of London.

Emergency service personnel and evacuees in Grange Road.

Emergency service personnel and evacuees in Grange Road.

 

Army trucks near the scene.

Army trucks near the scene.

Evacuees at the relief centre at Seven Islands Leisure Centre.

Evacuees at the relief centre at Seven Islands Leisure Centre.

12:00 – Displaced residents make use of relief centres at Seven Islands Leisure Centre and Canada Water Library. Red Cross volunteers on site. 13:00 – Bomb disposal units arrive at site. 16:15 – Traffic cordon reduced to 200m. No-go evacuation zone reduced to 100m.

The location of the bomb and the two exclusion zones.

The location of the bomb and the two exclusion zones.

17:00 – Residents of properties within no-go zone learn they will not be allowed to return to their homes for the night. 23:30 – All evacuees have a bed for the night, after Southwark Council re-home 80 people who were at relief centres in B&Bs, hostels and hotels. 00:00 TUESDAY – Throughout night police go door-to-door within 200m zone instructing residents to evacuate before 8am.

Bermondsey bomb explosion

06:00 – Fresh evacuations begin ahead of army operation to disarm the bomb.

09:00 – Last few residents evacuate – some refuse to leave. Grange School joins Boutcher, Kintore and Harris in closing down during the crisis.

11:00 – Bomb identified as a SC250 – used heavily during Blitz during 1940-1941.

18:00 – Bomb taken away by army truck. Exclusion zone and all roads re-opened. Evacuees free to return home.

09:00 WEDNESDAY – Bomb safely detonated at a quarry in Isle of Grain, Kent.

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