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Bomb from WWII kills three in Germany

Experts warn of danger from aging explosives


 

A German bomb disposal unit was called to the scene in Goettingen, Germany on Tuesday. The task: to dismantle an American bomb left over from WWII, which construction workers had just found buried 24 feet below the ground. But just an hour before experts were scheduled to dismantle the 1000-pound device, the bomb exploded – killing three, injuring three others, and blowing the fronts off several houses. The Telegraph reports that over 2,000 tons of U.S and British aerial bombs are found each year in Germany. Hans-Juergen Weise, a former bomb disposal expert, explains that the danger posed by these bombs is increasing – as the decades-old detonators begin to rot with age. “One day,” he warns, “such bombs will be so sensitive that no one will be able to handle them.”

The Telegraph


 
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Bomb from WWII kills three in Germany

  1. thats fuckin cooooooooooool

  2. Another recent story of unexploded ordinance: http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/content/tow

    A British construction crew dug up an unexploded 1000kg WWII bomb. If it had gone off, it would have blown a crater 1/4-mile wide in East London plus destroyed an adjacent natural gas facility (which was its target during the war).

    While they're figuring out what to do, the 70-year-old giant bomb starts to *tick*.

    Fortunately nobody was hurt in that case. Very scary stuff.

    • Agree.. My father was a WW II Veteran , and after reading this article I remember him telling us, when we were young of thousands of Dud's, (as he called them) that in 50 or 60 years, would star causing a lot of problems due to deterioration, especially if high traffic areas that create a lot vibration, ground movement, etc were to be built on top of these unexploded devices..Hope your wrong this time Dad.

  3. Is anyone else wondering where the value-added is in the subtitle? Like, did they pay for that insight? Even if there were evidence that it was the common perception everywhere that unexploded, aging ordnance did not pose a threat, wouldn't the subsequent explosion have led most of us non-experts to the same conclusion?

    • One supposes that (a) as fewer people with first-hand memories of the war are still around, awareness of the unexploded ordnance will fade, and (b) the average person is more likely to assume that bombs will just sort of rot away, rather than become increasingly unstable with the passage of time.

  4. Dammit, Spock! I'm a comedian, not a green blooded Vulcan!