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People return after bomb removed

The bomb is detonated
A controlled explosion was carried out on Friday

Residents who were moved out of their barges following the discovery of a World War II bomb in east London have returned to their homes.

Six people were told to leave their houseboats close to Sugar House Lane, where the unexploded 1,000kg (2,200lb) bomb was found on Monday.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the device on Friday evening.

The discovery of the bomb near Bromley-by-Bow Tube station resulted in commuters being disrupted.

Flights were also affected due to an air exclusion zone from London City and Heathrow Airports.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said all cordons have been removed from the area.

The bomb, which was the biggest unexploded device found in the city in the past 30 years, was discovered next to a gasworks.

Fifteen bomb disposal experts from the Royal Engineers made the device safe and carried out a controlled explosion.

A police spokesman said a large amount of explosives remained after the blast, which now needed to be slowly burned.

The device was picked up by a digger clearing a site being prepared for the 2012 Olympics and the army has warned that more unexploded bombs could be found as the Games site is cleared.

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