Unexploded World War II bomb found at German airport

Discovery of World War II bomb causes Dusseldorf International Airport to cancel seven flights

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Security officer seen at Dusseldorf International Airport

An unexploded World War II bomb was found and safely detonated at Dusseldorf International Airport in Germany on Monday. Spokesman for the airport, Christian Hinkel said that the bomb was found at night and passengers’ flights were delayed for an hour.

“Two departures and five arrivals were cancelled and 34 flights were delayed during the controlled explosion,” Hinkel said. He added that other operations at the airport were unaffected.

Before the bomb was safely detonated, it was placed in a 8 metre deep hole, in order to prevent damage and harm.

Unexploded bombs are remnants of the massive air bombardment Germany faced towards the end of World War II and authorities are concerned that there may be more bombs hidden under the ground at the airport and further excavation is planned this month.

A similiar incident was seen in 2009 when a 500-kg bomb was dug up near the airport and detonated.

Since the end of World War II, the biggest controlled detonation in Germany occurred in 2012 in which 45,000 people were ordered to temporarily evacuate parts of Koblenz, in order to destroy an unexploded bomb.

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