Suspected World War 2 bomb explodes in Germany


A suspected bomb from the Second World War is reported to have exploded in Ahlbach, Germany.

Residents in the area are said to have heard a huge blast early Sunday morning.

Reports say a massive crater in a cornfield was all that remained from the huge explosion.

Officials, after investigations confirmed the bomb could be from Second World War, a 550-pound dud.

A city spokesperson, Johannes Laubach, was quoted as saying: “With the former railway depot, we were quite a bomb target at the end of the Second World War.”

“We can be glad that the farmer was not in the field.”

Experts say undiscovered bombs can often explode without outside forces acting on them as their detonators decompose over time.

Old bombs are not uncommon finds in Germany and elsewhere, with hundreds found each year.

It emerged that police defused an unexploded World War II bomb weighing 1,100 pounds in Berlin in April 2018, while in September, a 3,000-pound bomb discovered in Frankfurt caused nearly 60,000 people to be evacuated while experts defused it.

In May, more than 50,000 people were evacuated from Hanover after bombs were discovered during pre-construction work.


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