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Britain's Got Talent studio evacuated after Nazi bomb found nearby

The army said the device posed “a genuine risk to life”.
May 22nd 2015, 5:37 PM 8,243 17

THE BRITISH ARMY HAS said an unexploded World War II bomb uncovered by builders near Wembley Stadium in London posed “a genuine risk to life”.

Army Bomb disposal experts worked through the night to stabilise and defuse the 50kg bomb.

Police evacuated all properties within a 400 metre exclusion zone, including two housing estates and Fountain Studios, where ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent is filmed.

Some of the flats evacuated are located just 50 metre from where the bomb was found.

The army said it is unusual the bomb, believed to have been dropped over London during Nazi German bombing raids in the early 1940s, didn’t detonate.

A statement from the army said the explosive device “has lain undisturbed deep in the ground for 70 years but took a few knocks from mechanical diggers when it was unearthed yesterday afternoon”.

BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERTS TACKLE WW2 BOMB IN WEMBLEY Source: Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

The Metropolitan Police told the BBC the bomb would be taken to a safe area to be detonated in a controlled explosion, but refused to give an exact location.

The Army said the bomb was located about 200 metre (656 foot) away from Wembley Stadium, but there was no risk to the venue.

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