Whether they’ve been discovered and dug up or not, vintage ammunition can be extremely dangerous. It’s bad enough if it’s something like an unexploded grenade that might be set off when subjected to a hard impact at any time; worse yet are buried landmines that are such a terror in area where they’ve seen extensive use like in Vietnam from the war time. And then we have the artillery shells and bombs dropped from aircraft that are made to level city blocks. So whenever these old antique explosives are dug up, they tend to get people really jumpy.
Much like what happened recently in Germany, according to the International Business Times. On Christmas Day itself, the city of Augsburg in Bavaria was thrown into an uproar when local authorities ordered a large-scale evacuation that saw more than 50,000 residents being moved to a safe zone. The reason: several days earlier a humongous World War II-era vintage bomb was uncovered in the middle of some construction work for an underground car park. When German police publicly announced that they will attempt to disarm cordoned-off bomb on December 25, local authorities declared a general evacuation within an area of 1.5-kilometer radius around the site, necessitating the momentary removal of some 32,000 households to safe zones in schools and gymnasiums outside the area.
From close and through inspection, the discovered ammunition was an unexploded 1.8-ton gravity bomb of British make. Dating places it as having been dropped on Augsburg during a 1944 British air raid that gutted the city during the latter days of World War II.
While the disposal exercise was to be carried out, Augsburg mayor Kurt Gribi asked his constituents to look after each other for the duration. While schools and sporting venues were designated as emergency centers, authorities also enjoined residents living outside the danger zone to provide temporary shelter to any friends or relatives affected by the evacuation.
The whole thing took almost all of Christmas daytime, and by 7 in the evening local time, police Augsburg’s official Facebook page, along with the advisory that the evacuation period was over. It was a good thing too that Germans tended to celebrate Christmas mainly on the Eve, December 24.
Photos later depicted Mayor Gribi visiting the open pit where the bomb was found, in order to thank the police bomb experts who disarmed the bomb. He later lauded them again as heroes on his personal Twitter account.
This is not the first WW-era large bomb found underground in Germany, and in fact all Europe; and the way things are, this will not be the last sighting and emergency.
Photo Credit to http://thenewdaily.com.au/