WWII Bomb Explodes, Kills 3 in Germany

Technicians were trying to disarm it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 6:44 AM CDT
1944: A couple of Canadian soldiers sitting on a German V-1 bomb which failed to reach its target in Britain.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A bomb left over from World War II exploded in the faces of the people trying to disarm it yesterday in the German university town of Goettingen. Three were killed and six more injured, all of them members of the disposal team—the area around the bomb had been evacuated before work began, a fire brigade spokesman tells the Daily Mail.

Workers discovered the 2,000 lb. bomb while digging the foundations for a new sports stadium; it was buried 24 feet down. Such bombs are often found and disposed of in Germany, usually without incident, but one retired expert says it's become more hazardous recently as their detonators rot. Indeed, apparently the Goettingen bomb exploded as the disposal team cut through the bomb's acid fuse.

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