A Holiday “Cookie” In Germany

Only it’s a 70 year-old present from the British

BERLIN (AP) — Officials in the western German city of Koblenz say tens of thousands of residents have left their homes as experts prepare to defuse a massive World War II-era bomb discovered in the Rhine river.

City officials said Sunday that some 45,000 residents living within a radius of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the bomb site had to evacuate for the day by 0800 GMT.

It’s one of Germany’s biggest bomb-related evacuations since the war ended.

The British 1.8 ton bomb could cause massive damage if it exploded. It was found last week alongside a 275-pound U.S. bomb after the Rhine’s water level fell due to lack of rain.

Here’s what it looks like now

and here’s what it looked like at delivery

Wonder what else they’ll find as river levels drop…

6 Responses to “A Holiday “Cookie” In Germany”

  1. Rob says:

    Does the lucky guy who defuses that one at least get overtime? On the bright side, no bomb suit necessary.

  2. JeffS says:

    Defuse a warhead THAT old? Especially having sat under water all this time? Oof.

    And I don’t know how unstable TNT gets as it ages, but the material in that bomb remains a dangerous explosive. Maybe the casing leaked, and some of the stuff leached out.

    All in all, good luck to the explosive ordnance disposal team. They’re going to need it.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    I salute those guys who have this assignment.

  4. Jim - PRS says:

    I hope they use Mr. Robot to get up close and personal with that thing.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    Oh, they didn’t, Jim! Showed some LUCKY DAMN FROGMAN in the water with it…{8^O

  6. Jim - PRS says:

    Gah! That frogman surely did not need a weight belt, because he must be sporting large, brass stindeens.

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