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Frankfurt to evacuate 70,000 while World War II bomb defused
In one of the biggest evacuations in Germany since World War II, 70,000 residents of the city of Frankfurt are to move out of their homes while a bomb is defused. It was found at a construction site in the city center. The 4,000 pound (1,814 kilogram) 1.8-tonne or 2-ton device is believed to be a British bomb dating back to the Allies` raids on the city.
(dw.com)

Fukushima disaster: WW2 bomb found at Japan nuclear site
An unexploded bomb has been found at the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The US is thought to have dropped the 89cm-long (3ft) device during WWII. It was found by workers building a car park at the site where a four-decade-long decommissioning process is under way. Tepco said construction work was suspended after the object was found and a temporary exclusion zone put in place while bomb disposal experts were deployed. It is not uncommon for unexploded WW2 devices to be found in Japan over 70 years on from the end of the war.
(bbc.com)

WW2 grenades bought at a German flea market start exploding after man stored them in his hot garage
This was the scene after Second World War grenades bought from a flea market and stored in a private garage started exploding in hot weather. Emergency services in Hennef, east of Bonn, were called amid reports of explosions and arrived to find the building in flames. As grenades and other munitions inside the garage continued to detonate, police cleared a wide area and evacuated homes nearby.
(dailymail.co.uk)

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70,000 people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki evacuated because of 500lb WWII bomb
At least 70,000 people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500lb World War Two bomb can be defused. It is thought to be one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in urban Greece in addition to being one of the largest mass evacuations. Officials say it is too degraded to tell if it is German or an Allied bomb. Residents within a radius of about 2km (1.2 miles) of the bomb will be compelled to evacuate.
(bbc.com)

Germany`s biggest post-war evacuation for an unexploded bomb in Augsburg on Xmas day
The authorities in Augsburg, southern Germany, plan to evacuate 54,000 people from the city centre on Christmas Day because of a World War Two bomb. The 1.8-tonne British bomb was found during construction work. It will be Germany`s biggest post-war evacuation for an unexploded bomb, Spiegel news reports. In 2011, 45,000 residents of Koblenz were evacuated. The operation will affect 32,000 households living within a 1.5km (0.9 mile) radius of the bomb site. Schools, sports halls and an exhibition centre will accommodate the evacuees.
(bbc.com)

Tonnes of Second World War explosives removed from Italian seabed
An operation to remove tonnes of Second World War-era explosives from the seabed off the coast of Liguria got underway, after an amateur diver discovered two sunken gunboats. The torpedoes and shells on the boats had since spilled out onto the seabed, 45 meters below a busy mooring site near the port of Vado Ligure. The explosives are estimated to have power equivalent to 50 kilogrammes of TNT. Following the discovery, the area within a 500 meter radius was closed off to all maritime traffic as one heavy anchor thrown on top of an explosive risked setting off a powerful underwater blast - creating a shockwave powerful enough to destroy any ship above.
(thelocal.it)

German World War II Torpedo Found at Scapa Flow
U.K. Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have found a German WWII torpedo at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys. Footage showed a 7-meter-long suspected torpedo and Northern Diving Group (NDG) were soon alerted to the incident. Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire who is Commanding Officer of NDG, said, `We believe the object is a WWII German torpedo. There is no threat to shipping or the public and so we have marked the location so that we can return in the near future and safely dispose of it." It is the site of the wreck of HMS Royal Oak, the Revenge Class battleship which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat on October 14, 1939, with the loss of 883 lives. Brian Archibald, Orkney Island Council`s Harbor Master and Head of Marine Services, said, `Now that we know that the torpedo is German, we believe it is highly likely that it was among those fired at HMS Royal Oak by the U47 in October 1939.`
(marinelink.com)

Unexploded 500-Pound World War II Bomb In London Isn`t The Only Nazi Bomb Lurking In England
An unexploded 500-pound World War II bomb in London is causing quite a bit of consternation since it holds the potential for mass destruction if it were to suddenly go off. Unfortunately, when it comes to the dangers posed by an unexploded bomb, London may be a Pandora`s box based upon the legacy left by these Nazi bombs. You would think that an unexploded 500-pound World War II bomb would be less dangerous after the passing of so much time, but Army experts say it is actually even more dangerous than during WW II.
(inquisitr.com)

Dangerous WW2 bombs still litter Germany`s landscape
The danger of unexploded WW2 aerial bombs lurking in the soil still haunts Germany 70 years after the war ended on May 8, 1945, exploding without warning or surfacing after frost. 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. "The older they are, the more dangerous they become," said Detlef Jaab, a Berlin police munitions expert who has defused thousands of the devices over 23 years.
(reuters.com)

Huge unexploded WWII bomb causes chaos in London after being dug up by builders
London`s Tower Bridge was shut to traffic after an unexploded Second World War bomb was dug up by builders. Construction workers on a site in The Grange, Bermondsey, alerted authorities shortly after the discovery. The huge explosive is believed to be around 5ft long and 1,000lbs in weight. Hundreds of people were evacuated from flat blocks on large estates surrounding the site and two schools had to be shut as a precaution. Officers put in a 400 metre exclusion zone, closing some of London`s busiest roads.
(independent.co.uk)

Denmark: Fishing boat catches World War II mustard gas bomb
Danish fishermen reeled in a particularly dangerous catch during an trawl in the Baltic Sea - a WW2 mustard gas bomb. The fishing cutter caught the unexploded German ordnance in the sea around the island of Bornholm. A navy bomb disposal team met the boat as it docked in the harbour in the town of Nexo, after the crew called ahead to report what it had aboard. It was then given a thorough cleaning by the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), in case any of the mustard gas had escaped, the website says. "The bomb was well preserved," says DEMA spokesman Michael Gronbech-Dam, adding that it is about 90cm long. Mr Gronbech-Dam say it`s unlikely the gas has leaked, but officials aren`t taking any chances.
(bbc.com)

7 die in Bangkok explosion after scrap metal dealers try to dismantle WWII bomb with a blowtorch
Seven Thai workers were killed and 19 injured when they tried to dismantle a Second World War bomb with a blowtorch. The device was discovered by builders on a construction site in northern Bangkok`s Lad Plakao neighbourhood, Thailand. Believing that it had lost its charge, they sold it to men working in a scrap metal warehouse.
(dailymail.co.uk)

World War II-era bomb detonates in Germany, killing one
A bulldozer struck what authorities believe was a World War II-era bomb in a western German town, causing a blast that killed the bulldozer driver, injured 13 other people and damaged homes. The blast occurred at a rubble storage site in Euskirchen, Germany, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Cologne.
(cnn.com)

1,500 evacuated after World War II bomb found in Budapest
Hungarian police evacuated around 1,500 people in Budapest after a World War II bomb was discovered during construction work at an apartment block near Buda Castle. Around 80 residential blocks - including two hotels and the French Cultural Institute - were evacuated after a World War II bomb weighing 50 kg was found in Pala street.
(ndtv.com)

Experts forced to detonate WWII Bomb, viewed as too dangerous to defuse, in downtown Viersen
An unexploded British aerial bomb from WWII discovered in the German town of Viersen had to be detonated, tearing a crater in a pedestrian zone in the town center and causing major damage to surrounding buildings, two of which were rendered uninhabitable. It was the second such incident in three weeks after a wartime bomb was blown up in the center of Munich at the end of August. Unexploded aerial bombs from the war are still found on an almost weekly basis in Germany and experts have been warning that the detonating mechanisms are becoming so brittle that it is increasingly difficult to defuse the bombs safely.
(spiegel.de)

Nazi landmines block Egypt`s access to oil and gas
German "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel and the British Eighth Army left behind hundreds of thousands of mines and unexploded shells in their North African battles. The explosive relics are hampering Egypt`s access to untapped oil and gas reserves in the desert. The unexploded ordnance left lying in its desert from WWII battles ranks the country right up there with Afghanistan on the list of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Every year, Bedouins and farmers come across unexploded mines and shells, and it`s not uncommon for undiscovered bombs to explode amid retrieved scrap metal.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Fireball and broken windows in Munich as 250-kilo WWII bomb is detonated
Bomb experts blew up a 250-kilo World War II bomb in the Munich, creating a huge fireball, after they decided they could not defuse its chemical delayed-action detonator. The bomb was covered in sand bags and straw to muffle the blast, but still resulted in an Armageddon-like scene in the central Schwabing district, knocking out windows and creating a ball of fire over the city. Thousands of people had already been evacuated from their homes, and the city halted bus and tram services after it became clear experts could not simply defuse the bomb.
(thelocal.de)

Bombs on show at UK museum for the last 20 years detonated after it is discovered they were live
Museum staff got a shock when they learned they had been letting history buffs walk past a display of live bombs for nearly two decades. Now the Army has blown up the unexploded World War II cannon shell and a military flare which were removed from the display at Dorking museum in Surrey. The bomb squad was called in after they were checked during a stock assessment. Kathy Atherton, from the museum, said staff would investigate how they got there but suspected they were historic donations from souvenir collectors.
(dailymail.co.uk/)

Oil firm Shell attempting to remove WWII mine threatening North Sea pipeline
A World War II mine threatening one of the UK`s most important gas pipelines is to be removed. Oil giant Shell is calling in a subsea bomb squad to co-ordinate the operation in the North Sea, 62 miles off St Fergus, Aberdeenshire. The 500-pound British-made mine lies beneath a pipeline responsible for 5 per cent of the UK`s daily gas supply. The unexploded device has been monitored by the company since it was first discovered almost 20 years ago. Last year, following a study of the mine, a "guard ship" was deployed to keep a watch on the area and warn away fishing boats.
(scotsman.com)

1000 people evacuated in Marseille as officials move a one-ton German WWII bomb
An area around the port of the French city of Marseille was evacuated after a German WWII bomb was discovered. Experts removed the explosive in an operation to transfer it to a military base. 1,000 people were asked to leave an area around the port as officials began the task of moving the device. Boat traffic was also halted and access to several coastal roads was blocked. The explosive was discovered when construction workers pierced the bomb with their equipment. The bomb`s ignition system no longer works but the sheer amount of explosives - 1,400 pounds - made it dangerous.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Decaying and spontaneously exploding World War II mines pose growing risk in Germany
Two anti-tank mines from World War II have exploded spontaneously in the ground next to a road in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. Experts are warning that the risk of such sudden blasts is growing because the trigger mechanisms are decaying with age.
(spiegel.de)

1.8 ton British World war II bomb forces evacuation of 45,000 people from Koblenz
Plans are being made to evacuate almost half the residents of Koblenz so that a 1.8 ton British World War II bomb found in the Rhine River can be defused. Two hospitals and a prison are within the evacuation zone.
(thelocal.de)

Isle of Wight`s World War II mines prevent building a new supermarket
The discovery of World War II mines at a former RAF airfield on the Isle of Wight have prevented German supermarket chain Aldi from building a store there. The equivalent of 15kg of plastic explosives are thought to be buried on a disused grass landing strip in Cowes. Two pipe mines, laid 70 years ago, have been discovered so far, the remaining mines will be detonated next spring.
(bbc.co.uk)

A drought has brought water levels in the Rhine to dangerous lows exposing unexploded WWII munitions
Bomb disposal experts have already had to blow up an incendiary bomb near Cologne and have yet to decide how to deal with a larger bomb lying in 16 inches of water near Koblenz. River traffic was also disrupted after a hand grenade was spotted on the banks of the Rhine near Bonn. The Rhine saw intensive fighting as German troops used it as a barrier to stem the advance of Allied forces. The danger posed by the munitions has added to the woes of Rhine shipping, which is having to deal with water levels 5 feet below average as Germany is going through one of the driest autumns on record.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Center of Halle, including hospital, evacuated after diggers hit WWII bomb
The discovery of a World War II-era bomb in Halle in Germany prompted the evacuation of the city center, including a hospital. The 500-pound munition was uncovered by diggers in the southern part of the city center. Many houses are within an 800-meter (2,600-foot) radius being evacuated by city authorities. Patients in the city`s St. Elisabeth Hospital were being moved to another location as police aimed to defuse the bomb.
(businessweek.com)

British fishermen land a 400lb catch: An unexploded World War II mine
Two fishermen landed a 400lb catch - a mile off the coast of Margate, Kent - but after pulling it in they discovered it was a WWII bomb capable of blowing a hole in a battleship. They put out an SOS call and a Royal Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit was sent to dispose of the German mine. A half-mile cordon was put in place before teams lowered the 3ft-wide device to the sea bed and blew it up in a controlled explosion.
(dailymail.co.uk)

How unexploded World War II bombs are located and defused
A few years ago, construction for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London unearthed a gift from the Nazis: a 2,000-pound unexploded bomb. Such finds are common since London was pummeled with 19,000 tons of bombs during WWII. UK construction projects often begin with a call to an outfit like Zetica, a leader in locating subterranean munitions. Each year, Zetica finds more than 8,000 shells, bombs, and mortars in the UK alone. Here`s how.
(wired.com)

German bomb squads fight against time as aged WWII explosives lurk
Unexploded bombs are still big business in Germany. Two million tons were dropped there by the U.S., Russia and Britain. 10%-15% never exploded and now, seven decades later, are prolonging war into the 21st century. In Brandenburg alone 350 tons of unexploded munitions are destroyed annually, including grenades, mortars, artillery shells, mines and aerial bombs. Wilfried Kramer oversees the War Ordnance Disposal Service in Brandenburg, which operates with an annual budget of just 13 million euros ($18.4 million). 70% are identified using U.S. and U.K. air-reconnaissance photos taken after bombing runs during the war.
(bloomberg.com)

87 World War II mortars found on Calshot beach in Hampshire
87 unexploded WWII mortars have been found on Calshot beach in Hampshire, after being exposed by a combination of very low tides and high atmospheric pressure. Royal Navy bomb disposal expert Lt Cdr Al Nekrews commented the discovery: "It`s quite an unusual amount and scale of ordnance. We will continue to search until we are 100% sure it is clear - it`s a bit of an endurance task."
(bbc.co.uk)

Two kids die in Poland after explosion of suspected World War II bomb
A 9-year-old Polish girl and her 10-year-old brother have died after an explosion of what was likely a WW2 bomb in a field in the village of Konskowola in Poland. A sad reminder that wars are not completely over even after the peace treaties are signed.
(monstersandcritics.com)

Oranienburg has more unexploded WWII bombs than any other German town
As Manfred Gellert`s red fire brigade car moved along an abandoned street in Oranienburg, it was time to take care of the 159th WWII bomb in 20 years. Oranienburg - an SS arms depot during the war - was the target of intensive Allied bombing raids.
(dw-world.de)

World War II cartridge in firewood injures elderly Germans
Authorities explained that a discarded WWII bullet was the reason for an explosion in a log fire which injured an elderly German couple as they sat at home in Bielefeld in western Germany. The round must have been absorbed inside a growing tree. The cartridge case was a type used in 1939-1945. The explosion smashed glass in the couple`s living-room. The wife, 84, suffered cuts in the face from the flying glass and her 85-year-old husband a cut on the hand.
(monstersandcritics.com)

WWII bombs found on Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands
Fishermen have discovered a dozen bombs thought to be from the Second World War buried on the Galapagos Islands. The bombs were found on Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos group located 600 miles off South America`s northwestern coast. The islands are a province of Ecuador, which let the United States set up a military base on one, Baltra Island, during the war due to its strategic location southwest of the Panama Canal. The authorities are thinking about conducting a more thorough search of the Bartolome Island in case there were any other wartime explosives.
(torontosun.com)

10,000 evacuated in Rennes, France, after a 550lb RAF bomb was found
65 years after the end of Nazi Germany, the city of Rennes was closed as engineers defused a 550lb RAF bomb. 10,000 people were evacuated and the city centre looked like a ghost town. "I remember the bombing raids during the war when hundreds were killed. The fact that the bombs are still disrupting our lives ... is truly incredible," said Maurice Leclerc. Meanwhile 4,500 people were moved out of Woippy (Metz), as experts worked on bombs near a former Wehrmacht supply centre. Département du Déminage collects 1,000 tons of unexploded munitions every year, and so far 650 of its staff has perished in the process.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Old maps claim there are WWII bombs under 2012 Olympic stadium in London, but searches turn up nothing
Records of WWII bombings claim that a German bomb dropped in a tip on the exact site of the Stratford stadium during the Blitz. A large hole was left at the site after an air-raid, but no bomb was uncovered in the 1940s. A 2007 report by weapons company BAE Systems concluded that WWII bombs must lie beneath the stadium site because of how intense air raids in the area were. A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority said that 3,000 searches for WWII bombs had been carried out in the Olympic Park, adding that "Bomb records and old maps are not a reliable... pysical investigations on site are far more accurate."
(guardian-series.co.uk)

Danger UXB: The Heroic Story of the WWII Bomb Disposal Teams by James Owen (WWII book review)
The story begins with the German fuse expert at Rheinmetall before the war, developing new types of fuses. The fuse was the major concern of the bomb disposal teams - given the array of conventional, delayed-action and anti-handling fuses the Germans used. And the fuses would be deployed in regular bombs, incendiaries, Parachute mines, butterfly bombs and the V1 flying bombs and V2 rockets. Unexploded bombs also caused disruption: closure of roads, railways lines, and factories. The British Government and Armed Forces reacted by forming a committee, including several English eccentrics, and arguing about minor things.
(dalyhistory)

Metal detector spots 900 unexploded WWII bombs beneath a restaurant in Okinawa, Japan   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Over 900 unexploded Second World War bombs have been found under a restaurant in Okinawa. Construction workers detected the explosives with a metal detector, explained Kiyotaka Maedomari, a senior police official in Itoman city. An army bomb disposal squad located the total of 902 unexploded bombs, thought to have been made in the United States. "It`s rare to find this many unexploded bombs at once. Because unexploded bombs from World War II are scattered across Okinawa, construction workers always use metal detectors before starting to dig the ground."
(indiatimes.com)

WWII bombs still menace - and lucrative but dangerous business - in Germany
65 years after the end of the Second World War, unexploded bombs from the conflict remains a common, annoying and sometimes deadly hazard for construction crews across Germany. Each year as spring and summer construction work expands, unexploded aerial bombs, hand grenades, artillery rounds and ammunition are uncovered. 1 out of 8 bombs dropped on Berlin did not explode - and as the Berlin`s Nazi administration collapsed in the fall of 1944, it stopped keeping records of the bombs. Tom Alexander runs a Berlin company that specializes in locating and assessing the removal of ordnance.
(npr.org)

3 bomb disposal experts killed, 6 injured, trying to disarm World War II bomb in Germany
A World War II bomb killed 3 disposal experts and injured 6 in Göttingen, Germany, when it exploded just as they were preparing to defuse it. Wartime bombs are unearthed almost weekly in Germany, but deaths are rare. 2 people were seriously injured and 4 received slight injuries in the explosion which took place as the area was being evacuated. All the casualties belonged to the 13-man bomb disposal team. The 500kg bomb - an especially dangerous type because it had a delay-action chemical fuse, which makes it very unstable - reportedly went off before the specialists had begun trying to defuse it.
(spiegel.de)

British World War II bomb shuts down Berlin`s Tegel airport
Berlin`s main international airport Tegel had to stop operations after a WWII-era bomb was discovered on a building site. Bomb disposal experts were called in to defuse the 250kg aerial bomb - causing 5 cancellations and the diversion of 20 incoming flights. Allied forces dropped 2.7 million tonnes of explosives across Germany during the war, and weapons recovery remains an important task for authorities even today. Workers are trained to call emergency services if they found unexploded ordnance, but accidents still happen. 3 workers were killed and 8 bystanders injured when a WWII bomb exploded in 1994.
(v)

British, German and Italian WW2 mines kill and maim dozens in Egypt every year
The guns in Europe fell silent 65 years ago with the surrender of the Third Reich, but kids in Egypt are still becoming WW2 casualties. 8-year-old Ali Abdel Qawi lost his right hand when he picked up one of the 16.7 million pieces of unexploded ordnance left in Egypt by the Italians, Germans and British Empire. "There is a moral responsibility on behalf of ... the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Those people were... killing each other on our land and they left behind this very brutal, bloody legacy," stated Fathy al Shazly. The majority of the weapons in north-west region were left by the British after the victory against Rommel`s panzers.
(thenational.ae)

Residential buildings evacuated in Moscow after 900 WWII shells discovered
Two large residential buildings were evacuated and all traffic halted in Moscow`s northwestern district after a large cache of World War Two shells was discovered by repair workers. Russia`s Emergencies Ministry stated that 916 76mm shells, 40 of which had detonators installed, were found on the site. The de-miners have now packed the shells into trucks which will take them to a shooting range where they will be detonated. A spokesperson of the Moscow military commandant`s office told that 200–300 pieces of unexploded ordnance are being uncovered in Moscow every year.
(rt.com)

World War II ordnance cleared in Solomon Islands
The Australian Defence Force has finished the latest in a series of deployments in support of Operation "Render Safe" - to clear the Solomon Islands of unexploded ordnance left behind after the fierce combat between allied and Japanese forces during the Second World War. Using data from a previous survey by the hydrographic ship HMAS Melville, the minehunters Gascoyne and Yarra worked in near the island of Shortland Harbour in the Solomon Islands, locating 16 explosive objects on the seabed using the mine detection systems. The Ship`s clearance divers disposed the ordnance, which ranged from artillery shells to a large British Mark IV Sea Mine.
(scoop.co.nz)

16,000 people evacuated during huge WW2-ordnance-clearing operation in Brest
16,000 residents in Brest were evacuated to make way for a major operation to clear the French city of unexploded World War II ordnance. An important Nazi naval base, Brest was heavily bombed by Allied forces in August and September 1944. Experts say that 10% of the 30,000 tonnes of explosives that fell on the city during the allied campaign still pose a threat. Using metal detectors, mine-clearing units have found 83 shells and 15 other potentially dangerous objects that were to be removed. The evacuation was decided a month before and many residents travelled outside city during the weekend.
(france24.com)

WW2 bomb forces evacuation of Berlin’s historic centre and Chancellor`s apartment
Parts of Berlin`s historical centre were evacuated after a vintage Second World War bomb (100kg) was discovered by construction crews working near the New Museum on the Museum Island. The bomb was most likely a Soviet aircraft bomb, probably dropped in the last days of World War II. Train traffic through the centre of the city was interrupted, a show at the Maxim Gorki theatre was canceled and the famous Unter Den Linden avenue was closed to traffic. Chancellor Angela Merkel`s apartment was within the 300 meter radius that had to be evacuated too.
(thelocal.de)

Allied and Axis mines still kill dozens every year on Egypt`s WW2 battlefields
World War II desert battlefields where Allied forces defeated Nazi General Erwin Rommel`s Afrika Corps are still deadly. Each year the casualty count raises, as bedouins planting crops, herding livestock and collecting scrap metal are killed or maimed by rusting land mines. Over 670 Egyptians have died and 7,500 injured by land mines in this region during the last 20 years - and dozens of casualties go unreported. 16.7 million land mines and unexploded ordinance (UXO) fill the area between Alexandria and the Libyan border. Egypt has failed in its efforts to hold the countries that planted the land mines accountable for their removal.
(dailystar.com.lb)

Berlin`s Tegel airport littered with hundreds of unexploded World War II bombs
It`s no secret: World War II grenades and bombs lie under the tarmac at Tegel - Berlin`s busiest air hub. In 2009 workers will dig up over 500 sites to attempt to remove the last of a grim legacy. Berlin`s Senator for Urban Development, Ingeborg Junge-Reyer, refused to comment on the threat posed by the explosive relics. But an officially commissioned report described "live munitions near the ground surface" that could be detonated by vehicles, airplanes or "mowing and landscape work that digs into the earth." It called Tegel an "objectively dangerous situation." Experts warn the relics are becoming more and more unstable with age.
(spiegel.de)

60 WW2 bombs found under US embassy in Philippines
American diplomats are ordinarily among the best protected people on the planet, living behind bullet-proof glass, concrete blast barriers and armed marines. The last thing workers digging in the grounds of the American embassy expected to discover was a huge cache of WW2 bombs. The Philippine capital, Manila, was the scene of fierce fighting at the end of World War II, when American forces tried to liberate the country from Japanese occupation. Parts of the city were carpet bombed by American airforce. The rusted, mud-covered mortar rounds were removed by bomb experts after the embassy was evacuated.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Bomb defuser: Unexploded WWII bombs become more and more unstable every year
Germany remains contaminated with undischarged bombs that are more and more unstable with age, warns Hans-Jürgen Weise, one of the country`s most experienced bomb defusers, who has recently retired after a 4-decade career tackling the deadly legacy of the Second World War. Over 2,000 tons of Allied aerial bombs and all sorts of munitions ranging from German hand grenades and tank mines to Russian artillery shells are found each year in Germany. Weise will never forget his most hazardous case, in 1997 in Oranienburg: he was in a hole in the ground attempting to defuse a 250kg American aerial bomb. Its detonator was so deformed that he could not unscrew it.
(spiegel.de)

17 injured as American WWII bomb explodes in Germany - Photos
17 people have been injured and all the surrounding buildings damaged after an American World War II bomb exploded during construction work in Germany. The bomb went over when a workman in a digger drove over it. A large rescue operation had to be launched, and officials said they had been lucky the damage had not been worse. The 250kg bomb had been covered in rust and tarnished with age, but it was "obviously" still in good mechanical working order. Unexploded WWII bombs are still discovered frequently in Germany, for example 3 construction workers and 8 bystanders were killed in an explosion in 1994.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Scientists expose the deadly Nazi bombs lying under our feet in Scotland
Our map shows how over 1500 Nazi bombs lie beneath Scottish cities, towns and villages. Shock figures reveal that 1677 of the Luftwaffe`s unexploded bombs, known as UXBs, remain active across Scotland. Today the Sunday Mail pinpoints their location from the town of Portsoy. Specialist firm Zetica can use electromagnetic gear to scan for bombs. They also sink probes into the ground to search for deeply buried devices. "We are asked to inspect sites daily for unexploded bombs using latest drilling and sonar technology." Approximately 21,000 bombs are thought to be buried in Britain.
(sundaymail.co.uk)

Tide hits World War II bomb explosion effort in Suffolk
Royal Navy divers are attempting to attach an explosive charge to a 500kg Second World War bomb towed two miles out to sea off Suffolk. The bomb, found on a Felixstowe beach, is now lying on the seabed. Tidal currents prevented the divers attaching the charge but they will make more attempts later. 1,200 homes were evacuated, with the majority of residents staying with friends. But over 40 people looked for refuge in one of the town`s sports centres.
(bbc)

German WWII mine washed up on beach detonated in front of holidaymakers
A 1,500lb World War II German mine (10ft-long, 26in-wide) washed up on a beach was exploded by bomb disposal experts on Stert Island in Bridgwater Bay, Somerset. Authorities set up a 1-mile zone around the device after it was spotted by a fisherman. A crowd lined the esplanade at nearby Burnham-on-Sea to watch the explosion. Mark Newman witnessed it: "It will be talked about for years to come. We saw a huge plume of water gush into the air, which was followed by a loud bang and `oohs` and `ahhs` from the crowd."
(dailymail)

World War II bombs pose danger to German coast
At least 115 deaths and 35 severe injuries have been caused by WWI and WWII bombs off of Germany`s North Sea coast since 1945, says marine biologist Stefan Nehring. His study on unexploded military ordinance off Germany`s Baltic Sea in 2007 criticised the government`s lack of information on the dangerous war legacy. Allied bombers dropped 2.7 million tonnes of bombs on Germany. Many missed their targets, or did not go off. Nehring figured that bombs in the North Sea and Baltic Sea have taken 283 lives, but the numbers are hazy because fisheries don`t document every incident.
(thelocal.de)

Video footage of World War II bomb being detonated in Coventry
See the CCTV footage of the WWII bomb being detonated in a controlled explosion in Coventry city centre. CCTV cameras around the Belgrade Plaza building site show how an army bomb squad detonated the 50kg German bomb which brought the city centre to a standstill when it was unearthed. The bomb sent vibrations through the site and caused alarms to sound when it was detonated. After hours of assessment soldiers moved the bomb 40 metres, placed it inside a mortar tub in a 12ft-deep hole and covered it with 16 sandbags and wooden planks before exploding it.
(iccoventry)

Entire WWII tank, bombs, rockets found buried near Florida school
Army workers who exploded 400 pounds of World War II-era bombs and munitions near Central Florida Odyssey Middle School have came upon a military battle tank buried underground near the campus. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said 50 23-pound bombs, rockets, a rocket booster and a cannon have been found buried since Dec. 27. Army workers detonated the found explosives in pits after discovering a World War II-era tank underground. "If you can picture this, a WWII tank is physically located in one of these pits," an official said. Part of the area was used by the Army in the 1940s to train bombardiers for combat.
(local6)

Vintage World War II mortar kills 4, wounds 2 in Philippines
A World War II mortar shell found on a seashore exploded in a fishermen`s village in the southern Philippines, killing 4 men and wounding 2. Manuel Barcena said the explosion destroyed several houses in the Rio Hondo area of Zamboanga City. The 81mm mortar shell was found by a group of fishermen on the shore and exploded when they tried to saw it to pieces to sell to metal scrap dealers. Hundreds of unexploded bombs and projectiles from WWII periodically surface across the Philippines, especially in the capital Manila, one of the most badly bombed cities after Warsaw.
(alertnet)

Unexploded World War II bombs buried under the 2012 Olympic site?
Unexploded WWII bombs may be buried under the 2012 Olympic Games site. More than 200 of the 1,500 bombs dropped in east London failed to detonate, and are still buried in east London - A civil defence map shows where bombs fell. The area was targeted by the Germans as it was close to east London docks. At the peak of the Blitz thousands of bombs were dropped on London by the German Luftwaffe and some failed to explode.
(bbc)

WW2 bomb shuts Kobe - 10,000 residents evacuated
10,000 residents in Kobe, Japan, were ordered to evacuate as sappers started removing an unexploded shell dropped during World War II. The Kobe municipal govt sealed off a 300-metre radius around the site while the GSDF personnel started work to remove the detonating fuse from the 250kg dud. The bomb dropped by the US military during the war, was discovered in the initial phase of a condominium construction project. "I heard from my neighbours that many bombs were dropped in air raids during the war."
(sundaymail)

Six decades after World War II, Cleanup Is a Constant
Deep in the Pomeranian forest the World War 2 bomb squad is hard at work. Alfred Buchholz guides his spade into the sandy loam on the forest floor, aiming for the spot where magnetometer has signaled the presence of metal. It`s a piece of an artillery shell, 1945. Buchholz shakes off the dirt and plunks it into a plastic bucket, already half-filled with remnants of war. He waits a few minutes for the metal detector, passing back and forth over the soil, to beep again. He repeats the routine hundreds of times a day. For more than 60 years, German bomb squads have been cleaning up. There`s no end in sight.
(washingtonpost)

WWII bomb found on Beach used for D-Day landings rehearsals
A large unexploded World War 2 bomb has been found on a beach in Dorset. The device was discovered by the Army`s 33 Engineer Regiment`s Ordnance Disposal team during a 3-week survey of Studland Beach, which was cordoned off so the bomb could be destroyed in a controlled explosion. A spokesman for The National Trust said it is thought to be larger than a 45kg explosive found there last year. Studland Beach was the site of live rehearsals for the D-Day landings during World War II, and munitions from the era still surface.
(bbc)

Bomb team detonate one of the biggest mines by Nazi Germany
A German wartime 1,800kg mine netted by a boat crew off the south Wales coast has been blown up. The deep water blast could be heard across Swansea Bay. The mine was designed to settle on the seabed and detonate when a ship passed through its magnetic field. Sid Lawrence said the mine, one of the biggest the team had seen, "would cause quite substantial damage to a vessel if it was passing overhead." It is thought the mine, measuring 3.6m by 0.9m was one of the biggest and most destructive by Nazi Germany. It would have been dropped into the sea by parachute during a Luftwaffe raid on Swansea.
(bbc)

Battle of Stalingrad World War II munitions depot found in Volgograd   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Over a dozen of rounds of ammunition from the time of the Battle of Stalingrad were found in Volgograd. Artillery shells in rotten crates are likely part of a former field munitions depot, which was forgotten after the end of the war. It was decided to inspect thoroughly all the surrounding area. The place with shells is now guarded till the arrival of army engineers. 19 air bombs and more than 2,000 other rounds of ammunition from the Battle of Stalingrad have been found from Volgograd Region since the start of this year.
(itar-tass)

Large bomb found at ex-Navy base
A 60ft WWII pipe bomb has been found under a runway at a former Royal Navy air base. The device is believed to be one of a number of explosives planted at HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, to be set off in case of invasion. Hundreds of homes may be evacuated when the bomb is detonated in June. Flying instructor Tony World said the 18m bomb had been confirmed at the site during two months of recent survey work. He said: "They are saying they are not sure that it is the only one. We have even been told we cannot walk on the grass." The base was the headquarters of the Fleet Air Arm during the Battle of Britain.
(bbc)

Fully armed Nazi bomber planes buried below East Berlin airport
Papers among thousands of files captured from the Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, claim tons of live WW2 munitions were buried in concrete bunkers beneath the runways of Schoenefeld airport in East Berlin. Not only did the commissars intern munitions beneath the runways, but also entire Nazi fighter planes, all fuelled and fully bombed-up. "They would have stuffed them anywhere they could - there was simply too much stuff to blow up all at once," said Karl-Heinz Eckhardt, a Berlin historian. "There was a warren of massive Nazi bunkers beneath the site of the present airport that would have suited their purposes."
(thescotsman)


See also:
WWII-related environmental threats
V-2
A-Bombs
Chemical Warfare.