Fears squashed: Zucchini mistaken for WWII bomb in Germany

2017-11-05 11:05
 A Zucchini in a garden that a worried resident alerted to police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. (AP)

A Zucchini in a garden that a worried resident alerted to police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. (AP)

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Berlin — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini.

Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, by an 81-year-old man.

They said in a statement that officers determined "the object, which really did look very like a bomb" was actually a 40cm zucchini.

The offending vegetable, which was very dark in colour, weighed about 5kg. Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.

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