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WW2 bomb in east London

WW2 bomb before detonation

WW2 bomb detonated

Train and Tube services from East London into the City finally get back to normal after a World War II bomb near Bromley-by-Bow station is detonated

An unexploded World War II bomb that forced the closure of transport links in east London has been detonated.

Bomb detonated

The bomb is detonated

The 1,000kg (2,200lb) device, found near Bromley-by-Bow Tube station, was picked up by a digger clearing a site being prepared for the 2012 Olympics.

Fifteen disposal experts from the Royal Engineers made the bomb safe after it started ticking and carried out a controlled explosion on Friday.

A 200m (656ft) cordon remains in place with travel disruption continuing.

Underground and rail passengers have been warned to expect disruption for the rest of Friday.

Rail travel has been suspended on the Hammersmith and City tube line between Whitechapel and Plaistow, and C2C train services have not been running between Fenchurch Street and Barking.

It is understood the majority of the explosive was removed from the device to make it safer before the explosion was carried out.

An Army spokesman said it was "impossible" to say how many unexploded World War II bombs remained in London and that more could be discovered as construction work took place in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

The unexploded "Hermann" bomb is the largest World War II device to be found in 30 years.

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