‘Huge’ World War II bomb triggers London’s Hyde Park evacuation
A huge unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in London’s Hyde Park, prompting an evacuation of the area. Specialist officers were called to the scene close to Serpentine Road where they recovered an “inert WW2 bomb.”
Both the north and south bank of the Serpentine, a lake within Hyde Park close to Kensington Palace was closed due to “the discovery of suspected WW2 ordnance,” said police. The Serpentine and surrounding areas have since been re-opened following the discovery of an unexploded “WW2 mortar round, used for training by the Home Guard.”
Pictures from the scene showed officers gathered by the water’s edge, while others were aboard a rubber dinghy.
The Royal Parks said in a statement, released on Twitter: “We can confirm that a suspicious object, probably an unexploded WW2 bomb, has been found in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.”