German bomb squad hunts for WWII explosives

Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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Bloomberg has posted an interesting article about how German bomb squads are racing to find unexploded WWII bombs.

Unexploded bombs are still big business in Germany. Almost two million tons were dropped there by the U.S., Russia and Britain during World War II. An estimated 10 percent to 15 percent never exploded and now, seven decades later, are prolonging war into the 21st century.

In Brandenburg alone, the area surrounding Berlin that I visited and the most infested of Germany’s states, around 350 tons of unexploded munitions are destroyed annually, including grenades, mortars, artillery shells, mines and aerial bombs. Some are found in fields, others in residential areas near homes and schools built after the war.

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Story: James M. Clash, Bloomberg | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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