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WWII-era bomb explodes, leaving crater in German barley field

Suspected WWII bomb blast causes crater in German field Crater in German field apparently caused by WWII bomb
Patty Aguilar | 25 June, 2019, 17:00

Officials say the mysterious explosion that rattled the residents of a central German town in the early morning hours of Sunday was "with nearly absolute certainty" a World War II bomb.

Police said the crater was discovered on Sunday afternoon near Limburg, north of Frankfurt, with residents reporting a loud explosion in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Drone pictures showed the huge eyesore, which is around 30 feet in diameter and 12 feet in depth.

Unexploded bombs are regularly found across Germany, frequently causing disruption while they are defused by disposal experts.

Residents of Ahlbach were jolted by the explosion, which was large enough to feel like an natural disaster, at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

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"The crater was examined on Monday by an explosive ordnance clearance service to find possible fragments", a police spokesman told the agency.

A local government spokesman told German newspaper Bild that the bomb most likely had a chemical-based delayed timer which finally eroded.

"We are lucky that the bomb exploded in a field", he said.

According to experts, 10% of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during the conflict did not explode.

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