Giant WWII Bomb Safely Detonated on Olympic Site - Phew!
03.06.2008 - 07.06.2008 16 °C
Sneaky Nazis, still trying to bring us down.
Oh, they had their crazy plans. I can just see them in their little bunkers planning this thing out. "Let's drop a massive bomb on London, but instead of having it explode right away, let's have it buried in the earth until 2008! It will cause them no end of grief!"
Another Nazi officer looks at the map and says, "but where will we drop it?"
The crafty SS Commander points to the map. "East London, right here, future site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Yes, that will pay them back for winning the Gold Medal in the 6 metre sailing class at our superior Berlin Olympics!"
And so it was that workers digging on the future site of the 2012 Olympics uncovered a 2,200 pound bomb on Monday. Tube service in the east end has been interrupted all week as The Royal Engineers bomb disposal squad, which one news report describes as being "the modern-day equivalents of teams set up during the conflict to deal with unexploded Nazi ordnance," went about the process of trying to disarm the beast.
Things were tight. At one point, the bomb "started to tick and ooze liquid when experts tried to disarm it. One Royal Engineer was sent back repeatedly to the ticking device to 'freeze it' by pouring a salt solution on to it. He used a powerful magnet to stop its timer." (source: This is London)
Last night the Royal Engineers used a controlled explosion to disarm the device. London is safe again from the scourge of the Nazis, the trains can again run (though they tend to run slowly and late - one thing Fascists can do that apparently democracies can't) and the march to 2012 continues just slightly abated.
Those Nazis though, they are tricky. Don't think we've seen the last of them. After all, they are still up to causing mischief in the circles of Auto Racing. Ain't that right, Mr. Mosley?