British Second World War bomb forces evacuation in Germany

September 9th, 2014

Germany is still littered with unexploded ordnance from the Second World War. The Allies dropped 2.7m tons of bombs on Germany between 1940 and 1944.

Estimates vary on how many failed to go off, but unexploded bombs are found almost weekly in Germany, and on average 2,000 tons of unexploded ordnance are found each year.

In January, a construction worker was killed when his mechanical digger accidentally triggered a bomb buried beneath a building site in western Germany.

Three bomb disposal workers were killed in 2010 when a bomb went off before they could defuse it, and in 2006 an autobahn construction worker was killed when his bulldozer hit an unexploded bomb.

In Germany’s largest ever peacetime evacuation, more than 45,000 people had to be cleared from Koblenz in 2011 after falling water levels on the Rhine revealed two massive unexploded RAF bombs.

In 2012, a 500-pound American bomb discovered in Munich was deemed too unsafe to move, and had to be detonated in situ.

The resulting explosion shattered windows over a wide area and caused structural damage to several homes.


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