HIGH winds have scuppered an attempt by Royal Navy divers from Portsmouth to destroy a Second World War bomb in London today.
The 500kg device, which was unearthed near London City Airport over the weekend, was due to be exploded by the team from Portsmouth this morning.
However, with weather worsening, the Royal Navy has decided to postpone the detonation amid safety concerns.
Commander Del McKnight, the commanding officer of the Senior Service’s Fleet Diving Squadron, said: ‘With 30 knots of wind blowing onto the coast and sea swell of up to two metres we would be putting our divers at risk if we continued in this weather.
‘The bomb presents no risk to the public in its current location, so we will leave it where it currently sits until tomorrow.
‘We can then see if the weather dies down and creates a safer environment for us to destroy the ordnance.’
The historic ordnance was discovered on Sunday during a dredging operation in the River Thames.
Its discovery prompted airport bosses to close the transport hub on Monday, cancelling more than 100 flights in the process.
Divers from Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2), based on Horsea Island, were scrambled to the scene yesterday morning.
They have since been able to move the unexploded device from deep silt and float it out into the Thames Estuary.
The navy will use high-grade military explosives in a controlled explosion to destroy the ageing bomb.
The airport was re-opened today.