4.04.2011

WWII Bombs Resurface in Germany

Joshua Hammer writes in this month's Atlantic about the problems that German construction companies face due to unexploded ordnance left behind from World War Two. Once discovered, the aging weaponry still poses risks:

In the past, most unexploded armaments could be successfully defused and taken to disposal facilities. But as the munitions age and the fuses grow more brittle, the risk of uncontrolled detonations has increased. Last June, a bomb-disposal team in the central German town of Göttingen attempted to cut through the acid fuse of a 1,100-pound bomb discovered during the construction of a sports arena. The bomb exploded, killing three members of the disposal team and critically injuring six more.
Read the full story here.

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