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Germany: 10 000 evacuated over WWII bomb

2012-10-12 15:06

Berlin — More than 10 000 people have been evacuated from a residential neighbourhood in the German city of Potsdam after the discovery of an unexploded 250kg bomb from World War II in the yard of a house.

It was not immediately clear how long residents would have to stay away from the area after experts were brought in early on Friday to defuse the bomb.

Even almost 70 years after the end of the war, there are still estimated to be tens of thousands of unexploded bombs lying underground in Germany.

In August, authorities in Munich were unable to defuse a 250kg bomb and had to detonate it in place. The explosion blew out the windows of many nearby buildings and caused several fires.

Comments
  • Spiral - 2012-10-12 15:38

    Germany - just been crossed off my list of places to visit

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-12 15:52

    Eishh!!!

  • magomarele - 2012-10-12 16:02

    Hitler's ghost still haunting Germany.

  • lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-12 16:03

    The bomb was laying there for 70 years, I'm sure they could've waited till Monday before they evacuated the people at least...

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-12 16:21

    Looks like American and British quality control on bomb fuses was not so great during the 2nd World War.

      johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2012-10-12 17:32

      They should have used suicide bombers...

      roger.hess.14 - 2012-10-12 17:40

      @ Jim; I deal with unexploded bombs as part of my profession & the reliability rate for fuzes during that time was about 20-25%. There is a specific fuze from this period designed with a chemical time delay (up to 72 hours) with an anti-withdrawal or "AW" feature to prevent anyone from taking it out of the bomb. The AW feature can still be active after all this time; these are the ones that has the German teams scared and rightly so.

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