The dailymail.co.uk reports “Residents’ fury as controlled explosion of WWII bomb in London street leaves windows smashed and cars wrecked”.
A controlled explosion of WWII bomb left “locals crying in the street, cars wrecked, home windows blown in – and the mother of all craters.”
This happened when “army experts were called in after the 550lb German bomb was discovered on a building site in Kingston, south-west London, on Thursday.”
It was reported that “around 1,500 residents were evacuated and a cordon was put in place as the bomb disposal team set to work. In many cases such bombs are taken away and disposed of in a remote location. So the decision to detonate this one where it was after packing tons of sand around it left locals assuming they would hear a muted bang. What they actually got on Friday afternoon was a deafening boom that could be heard eight miles away. One resident tweeted hearing a ‘massive explosion like thunder’. Others said they felt the walls of their homes shake. Families described ‘apocalyptic’ scenes upon returning home.”
Police said damage had been limited to a 50-yard radius of the detonation. Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar said: ‘The matter of detonating this device was taken with the utmost seriousness and I’d like to thank the Army and the other emergency services for their assistance and support.’