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An unexploded World War Two bomb uncovered by builders near Wembley Stadium in north west London poses "a genuine risk to life", the Army has said.

Homes and businesses have been evacuated and the Army has built a blast wall around the bomb in case it goes off.

The 110lb device, thought to date from the early 1940s German air raids on London, was found on Thursday.

Wembley Stadium said its weekend play-off games would go ahead.

"This weekend's games remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming supporters of all six Football League Play-Off finalists to Wembley", it tweeted.

The Luftwaffe Sprengbombe-Cylindrisch bomb is due to be detonated later.


Wembley WW2 live bomb poses 'risk to life'


22 May 2015
BBC News



The Army has built a blast wall around the bomb to minimise damage if it explodes


An unexploded World War Two bomb uncovered by builders near Wembley Stadium in north west London poses "a genuine risk to life", the Army has said.

Homes and businesses have been evacuated and the Army has built a blast wall around the bomb in case it goes off.

The 110lb device, thought to date from the early 1940s German air raids on London, was found on Thursday.

Wembley Stadium said its weekend play-off games would go ahead.

"This weekend's games remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming supporters of all six Football League Play-Off finalists to Wembley", it tweeted.

Detonation plan

The Army said the bomb was located about 650 ft away from Wembley Stadium but there was no risk to the venue. Empire Way remains partially closed and a 1,300ft cordon is in place.

The bomb was reported at about 15:00 BST on Thursday and Met officers said about 300 properties had been evacuated, which includes the TV studio where Britain's Got Talent is filmed.


The Luftwaffe Sprengbombe-Cylindrisch bomb is due to be detonated later


Ch Supt Mick Gallagher, from Brent Police, said the public had been "very mature" in its response to the bomb.

He said 70 people had spent the night in an evacuation centre and more people had joined them in the morning.

Arrangements were being made to take the bomb off the site and detonate it in a safe area, he added.

An Army spokesman said: "This bomb is a live munition in a potentially dangerous condition so it's important that people listen to the police and evacuate their homes if asked.

"We will do all we can to minimise the disruption, but ask the public to bear with us.


The Army said the bomb was about 650 ft away from the stadium in the London Borough of Brent


"Any bomb, even under a controlled explosion, could cause significant damage to property and there is a genuine risk to life".

The Army said it was aware of football play-offs scheduled at Wembley Stadium this weekend, but was hoping to have dealt with the bomb before then.

The Met Police said it was working with disposal experts and partner agencies "to keep disruption to local residents and businesses to an absolute minimum", whilst ensuring everyone's safety.

It said residents would be informed by police as soon as the bomb had been made safe.

In March, a 250kg (550lb) bomb was found in Bermondsey, south-east London. It was safely defused and taken to Kent to be destroyed.


"This weekend's games remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming supporters of all six Football League Play-Off finalists to Wembley", Wembley Stadium tweeted


Wembley WW2 live bomb poses 'risk to life' - BBC News
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