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WW 2 bomb found under runway

2009-08-21 18:33

Saint Petersburg - An unexploded artillery shell dating from World War 2 was discovered under a runway at Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg and safely removed, an airport spokesperson said on Friday.

The shell was found on Thursday as work was being carried out on the runway and bomb disposal experts were called to Pulkovo, the city's main airport, to dispose of it.

The northern city, known at the time as Leningrad, was besieged by Nazi troops for nearly 900 days between September 1941 and January 1944, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of residents.

Heavy fighting between Nazi forces and Soviet troops then took place at Pulkovskiye Vysoti, on the outskirts of Leningrad where the Pulkovo airport is now located.