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Wed May 15, 2019, 01:14 PM

World War II bomb in Hamburg prompts evacuation

A thousand-pound US bomb dropped during the Second World War has been discovered in Hamburg, Germany. Authorities ordered the evacuation of a densely-populated residential area of the city, affecting around 6,000 people.


A construction team digging in a densely-populated neighborhood in the northern German port city of Hamburg discovered a 1,000-pound (500 kilo) bomb on Wednesday.

Hamburg's fire department says the unexploded ordnance was a US-manufactured bomb dropped during World War II.


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https://www.dw.com/en/world-war-ii-bomb-in-hamburg-prompts-evacuation/a-48750394

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Response to iscooterliberally (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:19 PM

1. That's got be a colonic clench for the construction crews and emergency ppl

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:23 PM

2. I hope it went well, or is going well. This story is from yesterday apparently.

Yikes!

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Response to iscooterliberally (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:29 PM

3. Most likely did

One doesn't want to fool around of course, but the reality is it didn't go off 70 years ago for a reason, and those reasons haven't gotten fixed being buried in the ground all that time. The explosive inside doesn't just "go off", and in fact was designed specifically not to do that. You can't do it with a match, or a torch or something. It will burn, but it won't particularly explode.

None the less, one would hate to be the person around the ONE TIME all hell broke loose.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:43 PM

4. these things do occasionally explode

and always must be handled as if they might.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #4)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:48 PM

5. Not WWII 1000 lb bombs

There are industrial explosives that can be fairly dangerous as they age. Military ordnance is designed knowing that it could lie around for decades.

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