World War II bombs found at France port halts ferries

Unexploded mines from WWII found near port of Calais leads to cancellation of cross-Channel ferries

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

70-year-old British mines from World War II found near the French port of Calais has resulted in the cancellation of ferry services to the English port of Dover.

Thought to be booby-trapped, the mines could not be immediately moved. The operation to defuse the bombs was carried out by divers from the French Navy.

MyFerryLink, a transportation firm, said transportation had been suspended for a while.

There is no information on when exactly the bombs were placed at the port, but it is highly suspected they were left during Nazi Germany’s occupation of France after June 1940.

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