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.
— nick pomfret (@nickpomfret) March 23, 2015
It’s 2 years since Walworth Town Hall fire – today massive UXB found – 4th Monday in March not good for Southwark. — Peter John (@peterjohn6) March 23, 2015
One elderly lady says to me near the cordon ‘I was evacuated during the war I’m not doing it again.’ #Bermondsey
— Ayshea Buksh (@AysheaBuksh) March 24, 2015
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.
— Siobhan (@siobhannicola_b) March 24, 2015
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.
— Tauni (@kewwick) March 23, 2015
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.