A bomb blast severely damaged Britain's tallest building -- the Post Office Tower in London -- early on Sunday (October 31) morning.
ANGLE VIEW G.P.O. Tower
SV Tower showing damage at top
GV PAN FROM Tower to wreckage in street (3 shots)
LV Workmen removing wreckage from street (2 shots)
CU Hole in window
CU Broken window reflection of GPO Tower
SV Fire engine and firemen (2 shots)
ANGLE VIEW GPO Tower
SV Top of Tower and wreckage
GV Men clearing streets and sweeping pavement (2 shots)
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Background: A bomb blast severely damaged Britain's tallest building -- the Post Office Tower in London -- early on Sunday (October 31) morning. An anonymous woman who later telephoned police claimed it was the work of the Irish Republican Army -- an outlawed group currently conducting a terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland.
No casualties were reported, but some of the Post Office's communications equipment housed in the Tower was damaged, and telex lines to parts of Europe were cut. Tons of metal, concrete and glass debris had been sent hurtling to the pavement below -- almost empty at that time of the morning.
The explosion blew a hole in the side of the Tower 30 stories up, and wrecked two floors just below the revolving restaurant. VISNEWS cameraman Tony Green was at the scene shortly after it happened.
SYNOPSIS: A bomb explosion damaged Britain's tallest building -- the Post Office Tower in London -- in the early hours of Sunday morning. It wrecked two floors near the top, and sent tons of debris hurtling to the pavement below. An anonymous woman telephone caller claimed it was the work of the Irish Republican Army -- an outlawed organisation at present conducting a terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland. The caller told police that other explosions in London would follow.
There were no casualties reported, but damage was done to some of the electronic communications equipment housed in the Tower by the Post Office. Telex lines to parts of Europe were cut, and police ordered a blackout of radio calls in the area in case the transmissions caused another explosion by acting on the damaged equipment, which included long-distance radio and television transmitters.
Police, firemen an ambulancemen rushed to the Tower immediately after the explosion, which was heard for mile around. It happened at about five a.m., only minutes after staff had left to go home from the revolving restaurant immediately above the bombed floors.