Unexploded Second World War bomb found on shelf in Germany nursery

A child found the explosive during a walk in the woods and brought it back to the nursery

Michael Nienaber
Wednesday 05 July 2017 17:05
A child picked up the explosive and brought it into the nursery
A child picked up the explosive and brought it into the nursery

German police evacuated a nursery in the western city of Darmstadt after teachers found an unexploded bomb from the Second World War lying on a shelf among some toys.

"A child had found the stick-type incendiary bomb during a walk in the woods and brought it along to the kindergarten," said police spokeswoman Andrea Loeb.

Teachers called the police after they found the "strange object" on the shelf and quickly evacuated the building, Ms Loeb said, adding that a bomb disposal team safely removed the bomb.

The danger of unexploded Second World War aerial bombs lurking in the soil still haunts Germany more than seven decades after the war ended in 1945.

More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are found each year in Germany, even under buildings.

They are defused or detonated in controlled blasts but not before causing disruption, evacuations or sometimes even death.

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