The unexploded 250 kg WW2 bomb was discovered during construction works near the old harbour of Lingen, Lower Saxony. As a result of the discovery, part of the city was evacuated, affecting some 8,800 residents.

German bomb disposal specialists had decided that a controlled explosion was necessary because it had “not been possible to disarm the bomb without great risk”. The removal of the bomb to a safer location was also ruled out.

UXO finds in Germany

In 2017, bomb disposal specialists were alerted 725 times in the state of Lower Saxony. They exploded 271 bombs weighing 50kg or more that were too dangerous to move or disarm.

The post-war evacuation of tens of thousands of Germany’s citizens is not an uncommon event. Germany’s largest ever evacuation occurred in September 2017 when 65,000 Frankfurt residents were removed from their homes and businesses; the result of an RAF bomb.

The UK faces a similar threat, with an average of 10 unexploded German bombs encountered in London every year.

How can this threat be mitigated?

Brimstone provides intrusive magnetometer survey services for the UK construction industry. These surveys allow our customers to carry out piling works safely in the knowledge that their pile drivers will not strike any large German bombs.

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