Police Investigate Bomb Scare, Find 'Giant Glittery' Christmas Ornament Instead

Photo: Tower Hamlets Police (Twitter)

On Wednesday, London police officers were called to investigate a “possible unexploded device,” which had apparently washed onto the bank of the River Thames in east London.

The large round object had a dark rusty hue, like an old war explosive that had been oxidizing or collecting algae for decades.

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But when officers arrived at the scene, they determined it was simply a “giant glittery Christmas bauble”

Aside from the fact that the ornament does look like a bomb (especially if someone didn’t get a close enough look at the cap and hook)—it’s understandable that whoever reported possible explosive device would be especially vigilant.

Just last week someone found what appeared to be a World War II bomb at a construction site near a different portion of the Thames. Authorities evacuated thousands of local residents and closed down nearby school and Kingston University.

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The device was detonated by explosive technicians the following day, but the blast reportedly destroyed many windows in the neighborhood.

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This week’s bomb scare caused significantly less disruption, but hopefully whoever threw a giant Christmas party in the area has taken notice.

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