Turns Out 'Bomb' Wasn't Actually Out of Place in Garden
German resident mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2017 2:07 PM CDT
Updated Nov 3, 2017 2:34 PM CDT
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A worried resident alerted to police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden in Bretten, Germany, on Friday. Officers found a particularly large zucchini.   (Karlsruhe Police Photo via AP)

(Newser) – A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over—and found a particularly large zucchini. The AP reports police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man. They said in a statement Friday that officers determined "the object, which really did look very like a bomb," was actually a nearly 16-inch zucchini. The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about 11 pounds. Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.


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