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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

WW II unexploded 500 kg bomb discovered, defused in Germany

From A Correspondent
Mannheim, (Germany), 27 August, (

A World War II bomb, thought to have been dropped by American forces, was discovered during construction work in the city of Ludwigshafen, near here, earlier in the week.

The 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) aerial bomb, as soon as it was discovered in the western city of Ludwigshafen, the Authorities had ordered all those living within a 1,000-metre (0.6-mile) radius of the bomb site to leave their homes from 08:00 am (0600 GMT) as a precaution ahead of the defusing operation.

It took the bomb squad just over an hour to complete the delicate task, and an ‘all-clear’ message was given shortly after 2:00 pm. And the official Twitter feed said: "Good news: the bomb has been defused! Citizens may return to their homes.’’ It also posted a picture of the freshly unearthed, corroded bomb, strapped to a pallet before being removed from the area.

Even after more than 70 years of the ending of the World War II, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, which shows the intense Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.

It may be recalled some 60,000 Frankfurt residents were evacuated last year so that an unexploded 1.8-tonne British bomb dubbed the "blockbuster" could be defused. That was the biggest post-war evacuation to date.

In April this year, a British bomb was discovered on a building site in Berlin's central railway station and thousands had to be cleared in an area around the railway station.

- Asian tribune -

 Bomb discovered in the western city of Ludwigshafen
WW II unexploded 500 kg bomb discovered, defused in Germany
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