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U.K.: MORE BOB EXPLOSIONS IN LONDON, AT MADAME TUSSAUD'S WASWORKS AND THE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW.


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Two bombs exploded within minutes of each other in London on Saturday (5th January), but there were no casualties. Police at Scotland Yard said the attacks were presumed to have been organised by Irish extremist groups.
The first bomb went off at the famous waxworks, Madame Tussauds, which fronts onto Marylebone Road in central London. The museum is a tourist mecca and about a thousand visitors were inside the building when an anonymous warning was telephoned. No one was near the bomb when it went off.
Less than three minutes later the second bomb exploded at the International Boat show. The exhibition is being staged at the Earl's Court Exhibition centre. The explosives which were planted in an GPB18,000 motor cruiser blasted the boat's superstructure across neighbouring stands. A warning was again given, and the crowd of nearly 30,000 were all evacuated safely.
Londoners have been the victims of several bomb attacks in recent months. Last month 73 people were injured in a series of attacks involving 24 bombs and explosive devices.
A transcript of the commentary accompanying the film follows:

Reference 129/74
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Can 12681
Source BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION.
Restrictions Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed.
Time code
Date original 5TH JANUARY, 1974
Duration 0.46
Technical C/M VIE/P D/N COL/SP X 2 SP
Subset Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957
Location LONDON, ENGLAND, U.K.
Sound NATURAL AND ENGLISH COMMENTARY
Colourbw
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1. GV TILT UP EXT. Madame Tussaud's showing police outside 0.10
2. MV & SV Police and rescuers outside building (2 shots) 0.22
3. CU Wreckage TITL UP TO Firemen and others 0.29
4. SCU PAN & CU wreckage of boat at Earl's Court Boat Show (2 shots) 0.37
5. CU Part of boat superstructure 0.42
6. CU PAN Wreckage 0.46
COMMENTARY: "The bomb at Madame Tussaud's exploded on the ground floor three-quarters-of-an-our after a man with an Irish accent had telephoned a warning. It blew out a door and scattered debris across the Marylebone Road. A thousand people. mostly children, had been cleared form the three floors of the building and no one was near the bomb when it went off. Shopkeepers nearby were then warned there might be another bomb in the area but none was discovered. Within three minutes, the second bomb went off at the Boat Show. It had been planted in an GPB18,000 motor cruiser, It blasted the boat's superstructure across neighbouring stands. Police and officials managed to get all the people out just before the bomb went of. The police put both attacks down to the IRA." (Irish Republican Army).

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TELERECORDING original colour available on 130/74 + interview at boat show 48ft
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