Londoners were left angry after a controlled explosion of a World War 2 bomb smashed the windows of their homes and caused severe damage to their vehicles.
The bomb was safely detonated under the supervision of the army and police.
A specialized army team set off the unexploded WWII bomb at about 4 pm on May 24 just a day after the locals discovered it and called in Scotland Yard.
The sound of the blast was heard by people living as far as eight miles, the social media posts revealed after the incident.
When the bomb was discovered on a construction site, local schools, universities and other nearby buildings were immediately evacuated by the authorities.
Police put up a cordon, barring around 1,500 residents from entering the area. Many locals couldn’t even return back to their homes on Thursday night.
After the bomb was successfully exploded, the army team posed for a photo at the site, beside a large crater created by the explosion.
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
Taking to Twitter, the army engineering regiment Carver Barracks wrote: “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.”
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 the regiment, the bomb was either a Sprengbombe Cylindrisch 250 or a SC250.
Both these bombs were used during the Blitz when the Luftwaffe attacked London with more than 24,000 tons of deadly explosives in over 85 raids.
Residents of the South London street were left angry after the blast caused severe damage to their windows and expensive vehicles.
— Rachel Major (@RachMajor) May 24, 2019
However, the local authorities claim the damage was limited to just a 50-yard radius of the spot of the detonation. It is not known yet if the affected people will be compensated for the damages.