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tankgeezer
12-01-2011, 09:54 PM
Quick cut n' paste of an article in the news tonight.

The discovery of a 1.8 ton World War II era bomb in the German city of Koblenz has caused officials to call for the evacuation of around 45,000 residents -- nearly half of the city's total population of 106,000 -- while emergency crews work to defuse the British aerial mine.

The mandatory evacuation, which includes two hospitals, seven elderly care homes and a local prison, is the largest in a German city since the end of the war, according to Der Spiegel.

The bomb was found in the Rhine River after an unusually dry fall caused water levels to decline, and officials expect to find more unexploded bombs in the coming days.

Finding World War II munitions is not uncommon in the area, according to German newspaper The National, which wrote today that an "estimated 2,000 tonnes of American and British aerial bombs and other munitions are still found every year."

The bomb is currently covered by about 16 inches of water and a bomb disposal team will be building a levee around the area in order to safely defuse it.

Manfred Morschhauser of the Koblenz Fire Department told German news outlet The Local that residents are taking the large-scale evacuation in stride.

"People are very relaxed about it, even though itís nearly half the cityís population who will have to move," Morschhauser said. "Many have left their houses before in smaller evacuations for other bombs. We have found 29 bombs here in the last 12 years."

flamethrowerguy
12-02-2011, 08:18 PM
Here it's slumbering:

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photo: dpa

tankgeezer
12-02-2011, 09:31 PM
Thats gotta be a bit scary, to see it so close to the surface, Has it been defused yet?

flamethrowerguy
12-02-2011, 10:17 PM
Thats gotta be a bit scary, to see it so close to the surface, Has it been defused yet?

Nope, it's going to happen on Sunday, the 4th. They're still busy evacuating people and pumping down the water.

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photo: dpa

downwithpeace
12-03-2011, 06:14 AM
Understandable it has to be defused for safety reasons but what are the chances of this exploding?
Found this a little funny, CNN had a little bit about this yesterday in the weather forecast, just proves talking about the weather leads to something more interesting.

flamethrowerguy
12-04-2011, 02:55 PM
Apparently everything went well today.
Here's a series of photos as shown by a Flemish newspaper:
http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=DMF20111204_029

The Tommies are now invited to pick up their scrap...:)

downwithpeace
12-04-2011, 03:17 PM
The Tommies are now invited to pick up their scrap...:)

Given the price of scrap metal they just might try.

tankgeezer
12-04-2011, 04:49 PM
Apparently everything went well today.
Here's a series of photos as shown by a Flemish newspaper:
http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=DMF20111204_029

The Tommies are now invited to pick up their scrap...:)

Have they asked for it to be sent Fed-Ex?

Nickdfresh
12-04-2011, 04:54 PM
I wonder what the actual lethality of each device was after nearly 70 years under water...

flamethrowerguy
12-04-2011, 05:24 PM
I wonder what the actual lethality of each device was after nearly 70 years under water...

We'll never know...
I read that the 1.8 ton blockbuster was the smallest problem to the bomb disposal team. They were more troubled by a smaller bomb of US origin which was found close by and was described as being in a critical state of corrosion. Furthermore a barrel filled with chemicals (artificial fog for a potential Rhine crossing) was removed and blasted under controlled conditions.

navyson
12-04-2011, 09:47 PM
All of this would make one afraid to swim in the rivers over there, whew!

flamethrowerguy
12-05-2011, 01:47 PM
All of this would make one afraid to swim in the rivers over there, whew!

Unexploded bombs should be a minor problem concerning damage to health when swimming the Rhine these days.

tankgeezer
12-05-2011, 02:56 PM
But you might want to be careful if you're out clamming on the weekends,,,,:shock: