Shoreditch High Street reopens following discovery of ‘unexploded bomb’ 

Police securing Shoreditch High Street. Pic: Alexander Savin (Twitter)

Police securing Shoreditch High Street. Pic: Alexander Savin (Twitter)

Shoreditch High Street was evacuated yesterday (February 27) after a suspect bomb, thought to date back to the Second World War, was discovered during a routine building clearance.

Police responded to the discovery at around 8:30am. Taking every precaution, they evacuated all residents and cordoned off the area.

A bomb disposal squad was called to identify and dispose of the shell appropriately.


By 9:25am on Monday, cordons had been lifted as, according to police, the device did not pose any danger.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Firefighters assisted police officers at a suspected unexploded World War II device on Shoreditch High Street.

“The device was found not to be suspicious and not an explosive device and the road has been reopened.

“As a precaution a number of properties were evacuated while an assessment of the item was carried out.”

In January, both Westminster and Waterloo bridges were on lockdown following a similar discovery when an unexploded device was dredged up from the Thames.

Twitter users responded to the discovery:


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