Chelsea Embankment was closed in both directions due to reports an unexploded bomb was discovered on a construction site.

The construction site was evacuated and traffic built up on the A3212 as a police cordon was put in place between Chelsea Bridge Road and Royal Hospital Road.

Police investigated the object and it was not a bomb as feared.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to Embankment Gardens at 3.57pm [on Thursday, October 4] to reports of a possible WW2 ordnance found on a construction site."

Queues were reported as far back as Sloane Square.

Traffic also stretched towards Vauxhall Bridge and back towards Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Bus route 360, heading towards South Kensington, was diverted between Lupus Street and Lower Sloane Street.

Follow our updates from the incident:

Traffic easing

It’s not so congested now but there are still delays on Chelsea Bridge Road up to Sloane Square station and on Battersea Bridge Road.

Nobody needed treatment from ambulance paramedics

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 4:31pm to Royal Hospital Road, Embankment.
“We didn’t treat any patients and we were stood down.”

It wasn't a bomb after all

It turns out the ‘suspicious device’ was not a World War Two bomb after all. We asked police what this mysterious object is but a spokesperson said they won’t be revealing what it is.

Traffic still heavy

It’s not all good news though - there is still a lot of traffic in the area, particularly in Chelsea Bridge Road up to Sloane Square Station and on Battersea Bridge Road.

Road reopened

Where is it?

This is where the cordon has been set up
This is where the cordon has been set up (Image: Google)

So what's happened?

Welcome to our live blog on an ongoing incident in Chelsea.

A possible World War Two bomb has been found at a construction site in Chelsea, so police have closed Chelsea Embankment in both directions between Chelsea Bridge Road and Royal Hospital Road.

We will be bringing you updates as they happen.