Construction workers discovered a World War II bomb around Thames River leading to the closure of London City Airport on Sunday.
The airport released a statement saying that, "Following the discovery of a World War II ordnance in King George V Dock as part of planned development works, a 214m exclusion zone has been implemented." "As a result, London City Airport is currently closed."
The incident caught the attention of the Metropolitan police who were called after the bomb was revealed. The police reported that the Royal Navy was also deployed to the scene and confirmed the nature of the bomb.
"The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police, Royal Navy and London Borough of Newham," the airport's statement added.
Met Police said the operations to remove the bomb are ongoing, adding that the Royal Navy implemented the 214-meter exclusion zone to "ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public."
The international airport is located in the Newham Borough of East London. The area was heavily industrial and highly populated during WWII. The Royal Docks, where the runways are now located, was a main entry point on the Thames River for goods and commerce. London City Airport is much smaller than London's Heathrow Airport.