On 25th December 2016 German construction workers unearthed a massive British WWII bomb, CNN has reported.
In what has become the biggest evacuation for an unexploded bomb (UXB) since the end of the war, the country relocated some 54,000 individuals from more than 32,000 households so that Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts could operate within a 1.5km cordon.
At approximately 7pm the British bomb had been defused, with Augsburg’s mayor confirming: “Aircraft bomb disarmed — these brave men are the real heroes of this historical day. Thank you deep down from the heart,” Gribl said on his Twitter account.
German authorities had previously decided to wait until Christmas to deal with the item as there was no immediate danger from the British WWII bomb. In Germany, as with many other Christian countries, families hold their main festive celebrations on Christmas Eve.
More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, unexploded ordnance (UXO) is still causing problems across Europe.
Ensure the safety of your team and the wider public
If you’re in charge of a construction project that involves groundworks, whether it’s humanitarian, governmental or commercial, you need to consider the possibility of there being buried unexploded ordnance onsite.
Although your mind may jump straight to undiscovered world war bombs, in reality, there are many other sources of UXO contamination in the UK, including allied activities and weapons manufacturing.