Blast From The Past
Unexploded WWII bomb suddenly detonates in German field
There are still thousands of unexploded bombs in Germany from the Second World War and new pictures show what happens when one goes off.
Wouldn’t surprise me if France had a few WWI leftovers. North Africa loaded with land mines.
Yea lucky nobody around when it went off. A true time bomb.
Wouldn’t surprise me if France had a few WWI leftovers.
It certainly does, and they’re still finding the stuff. Every year, when farmers along the old Western Front are plowing their fields at planting season, it’s commonplace for unexploded WWI shells to turn up. Farmers jokingly refer to them as “navets” (beets), and they know the procedure for contacting the Army so that an EOD unit can be sent to deal with it.
As a follow-up to the original post, by the way, it’s not surprising that the bomb went off spontaneously (which is what the news story seems to indicate). Explosives can become unstable over time, which is one reason why certain types of souvenirs sometimes kept by veterans are potentially dangerous. I read a news story a few years ago about a woman who was going through the personal possessions of her father (a WWII vet) after he passed away, and who found an unexploded hand grenade in one of his desk drawers. She very sensibly called the police.