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Berlin's main airport shut down after World War II bomb found by construction workers
Washington Examiner ^ | 4-7-10 | Staff

Posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:04 AM PDT by mlizzy

BERLIN — German authorities have shut down Berlin's main international airport after construction workers discovered a World War II bomb there. A police spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday the bomb's weight is estimated at a quarter ton. Police said no planes are allowed to land or take off from Tegel airport until experts manage to defuse the bomb. Police are blocking all access roads. Local media reported the airport would remain closed until the evening, forcing the cancellation or diversion of dozens of flights.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airport; berlin; bomb; germany; wwii

1 posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:05 AM PDT by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy

Amazing. Had it gone off and killed someone they would officially be victims of WW2.


2 posted on 04/07/2010 10:20:52 AM PDT by Borges
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To: mlizzy

I knew it was a big mistake to shut down Tempelhof!


3 posted on 04/07/2010 10:22:24 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Borges

“Whatever you do. Don’t mention the war.”


4 posted on 04/07/2010 10:24:09 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Fawlty!


5 posted on 04/07/2010 10:24:37 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Roger that... Imagine the investigators trying to figure out how “terrorists” managed to somehow get a bomb buried ~under~ a building. Would’ve been quite the head-scratcher...


6 posted on 04/07/2010 10:25:00 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: massgopguy

They started it.

(Mr. Fawlty)


7 posted on 04/07/2010 10:30:45 AM PDT by SamiGirl
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To: mlizzy

The U.S. dropped a lot of bombs with delayed fuses, which had the effect of discouraging attempts to disarm or remove duds. You couldn’t tell if a bomb was a dud or had a delayed fuse.

I suspect this was a dud-dud (not a delayed fuse-dud) that got buried in the mud, maybe in a raid aimed a cratering the runway.


8 posted on 04/07/2010 10:31:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Borges

“Had it gone off and killed someone they would officially be victims of WW2.”

The last US army troops killed by confederate artillery happened in 1942 at FT. Macon, NC.

The fort had been reactivated as a coastal defense battery.

A pair of soldiers found an old shell and used it to prop wood against in a fireplace during the winter.


9 posted on 04/07/2010 10:40:02 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I’ve read that up to 25% of all the bombs were duds. Just dug themselves into the mud.

A couple of years ago I was going by bike to pick up my son. Saw a lot of police, including the riot police. I stopped and they explained that I needed to cross the street to continue my journey. Being an American I, of course, asked Why?

After they explained that a BIG American bomb had been dug up I decided to cross the street and take another way home.


10 posted on 04/07/2010 10:42:05 AM PDT by lowbuck (The Blue Card (American passport): Don't leave home without it!!)
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To: mlizzy

When I lived in Germany, this was a common occurence. I don’t remember the Kaserne (maybe Kissengen), but a bomb blew up under the commissary/px parking lot one weekend. Had the detonation happened during the week, many people would have been killed.


11 posted on 04/07/2010 10:44:51 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: lowbuck

Sounds plausible. How do they know it was an American Bomb? The Brits dropped a lot of tonnage and were a lot more indiscriminate about where.

I still like the delayed fuse idea. If 25% fail to detonate, they still serve a temporary area denial function while they try to figure out what to do with them. Also makes recruiting bomb disposers a lot harder. Cruel, maybe, but war isn’t beanball. Ask your German neighbors’ grandparents.


12 posted on 04/07/2010 10:47:45 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: centurion316

Lots of guardian angels working OT on the timing of that one.


13 posted on 04/07/2010 10:48:12 AM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: massgopguy

“I did once but I think I got away with it.”


14 posted on 04/07/2010 10:49:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mlizzy

15 posted on 04/07/2010 10:50:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Borges

Was It Over When The German’s Bombed Pearl Harbor?


16 posted on 04/07/2010 10:51:15 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Germans?


17 posted on 04/07/2010 10:52:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lowbuck

Are they diverting to Schoenefeld?


18 posted on 04/07/2010 10:56:44 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: mlizzy

This happened to myself and Mrs. MAExile when we were in Italy a few years back. They had to shut down the trains and a highway for a couple of days. We ended up having to take a bus down to the Amalfi Coast.


19 posted on 04/07/2010 10:56:45 AM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: SamiGirl

We did not.
Basil: Yes you did you invaded Poland!


20 posted on 04/07/2010 10:57:14 AM PDT by BudgieRamone (leftism is another word for sin of sloth--let the gubmint do it all for you!)
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To: dfwgator
-- Germans? --

"Pearl Harbor bombed by the Germans" is a famous line by John Belushi, in the movie "Being There."

21 posted on 04/07/2010 10:58:59 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: mlizzy

Could someone please explain to me how this device is suddenly dangerous, yet planes have been taking off and landing over it for nearly 70 years? The safety zone around a 500lb bomb blast is about 125 meters. Put up some yellow tape and keep flying.


22 posted on 04/07/2010 10:59:54 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (The Last of the Bohicans!)
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To: BudgieRamone

“That’s two egg mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Hermann Goering, and four Colditz salads.”


23 posted on 04/07/2010 11:01:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q47bpOCTcaY&feature=related


24 posted on 04/07/2010 11:03:32 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Cboldt

LOL

Still... he asked. LOL


25 posted on 04/07/2010 11:04:19 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Cboldt
"Pearl Harbor bombed by the Germans" is a famous line by John Belushi, in the movie "Being There."

I thought it was "Animal House".

26 posted on 04/07/2010 11:07:04 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
I don't have a clue. What is interesting is that at Schonefeld (soon to be Brandenberg International Airport) they are digging like mad. . . but no bombs pulled up to date!!
27 posted on 04/07/2010 11:07:13 AM PDT by lowbuck (The Blue Card (American passport): Don't leave home without it!!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Forget it, he’s rolling.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 11:07:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Izzy Dunne
-- I thought it was "Animal House". --

My naming a Sellers movie as containing a Belushi line was a deliberate parallel to Belushi's Germans/Japs joke.

29 posted on 04/07/2010 11:09:38 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
Nnnnnnnnnneyoooooow!

That was the sound of a joke going over my head.

30 posted on 04/07/2010 11:13:56 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: BudgieRamone

What a great show. Love Manuel. He’s from Barcelona. Basil: “You can train a monkey to do that.”


31 posted on 04/07/2010 11:14:49 AM PDT by SamiGirl
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To: mlizzy

Sounds like over reaction to me, the bomb hit the ground, didn’t go off, lay there for over 65 years with construction going on all around it, airplanes much heavier than existed in those days frolicking in it’s general area all these years, corrosion, water leakage, then some goober rips it out of the ground with a backhoe! I’m no expert, but I don’t think it would explode even if Obama signed an executive order or it to.


32 posted on 04/07/2010 11:18:42 AM PDT by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: mlizzy

Danger UXB


33 posted on 04/07/2010 11:36:15 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: dfwgator

Forget it, he’s rolling.


34 posted on 04/07/2010 11:41:55 AM PDT by BBell
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

The bomb found yesterday was a German one with a Soviet made detonator.


35 posted on 04/07/2010 11:47:26 AM PDT by NCjim ("You can't pick up a turd by the clean end", Bob Lonsberry on Obamacare)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
How do they know it was an American Bomb? The Brits dropped a lot of tonnage and were a lot more indiscriminate about where.

The typical British bombs looked like oil drums-- no fins or streamlining, just lowest-cost tickets to hell. They dropped at night so there was no effort toward precision bombing on most raids.

36 posted on 04/07/2010 11:49:30 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Boiling point

Want to bet your life on it?
Shells from the Civil War are still dangerous.


37 posted on 04/07/2010 12:02:15 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Borges
Amazing. Had it gone off and killed someone they would officially be victims of WW2.

Friday, May 02, 2008 ........ Virginia Man Killed In Civil War Cannonball Blast

38 posted on 04/07/2010 1:21:53 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Rebelbase

and....?


39 posted on 04/07/2010 2:34:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: smokingfrog

Boom!


40 posted on 04/07/2010 3:44:41 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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