Hundreds of shoppers had to be evacuated from Westfield London today (July 8) after a World War Two bomb was discovered at a nearby building site.
Emergency services were called to the Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre at around 10.40am following reports of an unexploded shell measuring 13.5 inches in length and six inches in width.
Hammersmith Police advised people to avoid the area “for some time”. A 400-metre exclusion zone was put in place around the area while specialists removed the bomb for examination. Road and rail traffic was suspended and the Shepherd’s Bush and Wood Green underground stations closed.
A statement from Westfield said: “Police have safely removed an unexploded World War Two shell from White City in an area to the north of Westfield London shopping centre. The centre has reopened and returned to business as usual.”
Hammersmith police later confirmed on Twitter that the situation had been resolved.