World War II bomb found in Germany

29 May

For most of us World War 2 is something we read about in history books. In the city of Cologne, Germany they had a reminder that the War is more than just a chapter in those history books. An actual 1-ton unexploded bomb was found last Friday during preparations to put it a pipeline.

The discovery prompted officials to cordoned off a 1-kilometer radius area around the site by the Rhine river were the bomb was found. The zone had them closing schools, zoos and evacuating 20,000 citizens including 1,100 residents of a nearby retirement home. The evacuation and closings lasted until Wednesday when they were able to safely defuse the bomb.

Otto Ludorff, the head of the care home affected, said the evacuation placed a “physical and emotional burden” on its residents, whose average age was 86, according to German news channel n-tv.

This latest discovery was just the latest in what has been an ongoing problem in Germany where hundreds of these bombs and other explosives are found every year. 4 years ago, in 2011, a large discover prompted a massive evacuation of 45,000 residents that luckily also had a happy ending. Tragically, not all of these discoveries have a good outcome as was the case in 2010 when one such discovery resulted in the fatalities of three disposal agents.

“It is an issue in most major German cities, where anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 unexploded bombs are believed to be lying under the ground,” said Sebastian Dosdall, the head of a company that clears old munitions. “It is a problem that will not be solved easily. It will be with us for quite a while yet.” 

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