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Suspected World War II-era bomb detonates in Germany, killing one (13 more injured)
CNN ^ | 1:08 PM EST, Fri January 3, 2014 | Anna Maja Rappard

Posted on 01/03/2014 1:14:02 PM PST by Dave346

Edited on 01/03/2014 2:19:43 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

A bulldozer struck what authorities believe was a World War II-era bomb in a western German town Friday afternoon, causing a blast that killed the bulldozer driver, injured 13 other people and damaged homes, police said.

The blast occurred at a rubble storage site in Euskirchen, Germany, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Cologne, police spokesman Helmut Conrads said.


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1 posted on 01/03/2014 1:14:02 PM PST by Dave346
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To: Dave346

Bush’s fault


2 posted on 01/03/2014 1:16:24 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Dave346

Am I alone in wondering where the quality control was on bomb manufacturing back in the day?

If you’re going to build an explosive, it would seem that you’d want to be sure it was going to explode. I guess better late than early.

I’d hate to fly in an aircraft built by the bomb-making workers...


3 posted on 01/03/2014 1:19:03 PM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Dave346
Every year, disposal squads working for Germany's states defuse or detonate some 5,000 World War II bombs .
4 posted on 01/03/2014 1:20:20 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria

“Every year, disposal squads working for Germany’s states defuse or detonate some 5,000 World War II bombs.”

15 a day?

Wow.


5 posted on 01/03/2014 1:23:56 PM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: driftdiver

I thought he was in the Pacific theater................


6 posted on 01/03/2014 1:25:25 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Dave346
I've been to Euskirchen. Mrs. 40 and I stayed at the Ameron Park Hotel there. It was a nice hotel in a nice town. But we left the next day and found ourselves in Troisdorf. Liked it there much better.

Unexploded ordnance can and is found in many places including what was formerly Camp Callan in La Jolla, CA. The last time it happened there kids found something and told adults. Thankfully no one was injured or killed.

7 posted on 01/03/2014 1:25:27 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: BBB333

Belgium still has full time EOD teams clearing munitions from the First World War.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 1:26:10 PM PST by balch3
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To: driftdiver
Nope, that would if this occurred in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
9 posted on 01/03/2014 1:26:24 PM PST by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: chrisser

It was war.
Build them fast and in huge quantities...................


10 posted on 01/03/2014 1:26:36 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: chrisser

In any mass produced mechanical device, there will be a certain percentage that do not function.
We dropped many thousands of bombs and fired many thousands of artillery shells, if not millions.
Same with computers, there will be a certain percentage that are dead on arrival, it is just a matter of statistics and numbers.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 1:29:29 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Red Badger
See the olde BBC Series,
UXB.

Teddibly English. Strong silent types disarming big duds and delayed action bombs with trick fuses dreamed up by those cleverly fiendish NAZI swine.

BTW, farmer turned up a live one around Sharpsburg, MD. Army came and blew it on site. Not an unknown occurrence. Over in Euroland, farmers still turning up WWI duds by the hundreds and WWII stuff all the time.!

12 posted on 01/03/2014 1:35:32 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (This GOP is dead. What do we do now?)
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To: Theoria

They still dig up WWI ammo in the fields of France, including some chem weapons shells.

Yes, you read that right.......WWI munitions.


13 posted on 01/03/2014 1:51:25 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: driftdiver

Hitler’s fault.


14 posted on 01/03/2014 1:52:23 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Kenny Bunk

I saw that series and really liked it. Also there was another British series called ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ I think both were early ‘80’s. They were very well done.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 1:52:30 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Red Badger

I like your tagline. Did take me a second or two for complete comprehension though...


16 posted on 01/03/2014 1:54:27 PM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: chrisser

Considering the immensity of what was accomplished in a little more than 3 1/2 years I’d say these folks did a damned fine job.

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17 posted on 01/03/2014 1:56:05 PM PST by Mears
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To: Squantos

EOD ping


18 posted on 01/03/2014 1:57:44 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Dave346
Back in the '70s, I attended a seminar on the threat of Nuclear war. After the talks, there was a Q&A session in which someone asked wouldn't it be feasible to have the Chinese nuke either the US or the USSR and try and start WWIII between the two.

One of the lecturers got up and said, "The first bomb is free" and I gasped, along with the audience. The guy went onto explain that there was an agreement between those two nations that if a major explosion on their soil took place, there wouldn't be an immediate knee-jerk retaliation.

He further explained that the Russians were doing some building outside Stalingrad, when a bulldozer uncovered a big unexploded shell. The military sent their EOD boys out to defuse it and were horrified at what they found. It seemed the bulldozer had uncovered a German ammo dump that had been buried before the surrender - to the amount of 20,000 tons - the equivalent of the first bomb we dropped on Japan. Had that bulldozer hit that bomb the wrong way, there would have been a similar explosion. Word got around and we ended making the "first bomb" agreement with the Russians.

Years later, I told that to my sister, who was a teacher of U.S. Military kids in Italy. She told me that one year they visited France and toured Verdun, which had just lost a couple of farmers who, while plowing, hitting some WWI ordnance and were blown up.

I understand a lot of those countries, including Vietnam and Laos, have the same problems with the millions of mines that were sown and forgotten.

19 posted on 01/03/2014 2:03:10 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

Unexploded bombs were common in Japan though the 1960s.


20 posted on 01/03/2014 2:07:54 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Kenny Bunk

Build them fast and in huge quantities. It didn’t matter if 10-15% didn’t go off.....................right away...............


21 posted on 01/03/2014 2:30:17 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Kenny Bunk
See the olde BBC Series, UXB.

Clarification, the title is "Danger UXB" and was broadcast on BBC in 1979 and on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1981. As I recall, it was a very well done series and highlighted the cat & mouse game between the German Bomb makers and the British Bomb Disposal units. At first, these were simply unexploded bombs (UXB) but as the Germans realized the terror factor value, specific bombs were dropped with time and other fusing to make them ever more dangerous. To my limited knowledge, this is not something that any of the Allied nations ever did!

22 posted on 01/03/2014 2:40:21 PM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Dave346

Farmers in France are stlll being injured by shells fired during World War I.


23 posted on 01/03/2014 2:48:03 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: chrisser

A practice was to have bombs that did NOT go off and I’m sure there were some genuine duds . The enemy clean operations come around and “BOOM” more enemy are killed. It was done a lot in Southeast Asia with cluster bombs and is still practiced today. War sucks.


24 posted on 01/03/2014 2:50:12 PM PST by midway1 (Inside every liberal is an American trying to get out)
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To: Dave346
When I was an Army brat in 1960s Okinawa, the bomb disposal squad stayed busy every day of the week disposing of WW II ordnance.

I found an unexploded shell once and hid it under my parent's house. One of my younger siblings ratted me out, and it was removed by the squad one day. I remember getting off the school bus and seeing their trucks parked at my house. I knew right then that I'd been found out.

I still don't know why Dad didn't give me one of his famous Tennessee butt whuppings for that. I should ask him.

25 posted on 01/03/2014 3:03:40 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Dave346

26 posted on 01/03/2014 3:05:33 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite

Now that’s just cruel .. LOL


27 posted on 01/03/2014 3:08:03 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
They still dig up WWI ammo in the fields of France, including some chem weapons shells.

Heck, a friend of mine recently found a very rusty, but still loaded, 1851 Colt Navy cap 'n ball revolver from the Indian wars in the 1860s here in north-eastern California.

28 posted on 01/03/2014 3:13:08 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Red Badger

1 2 3 Not It! (Says the U.S.)


29 posted on 01/03/2014 3:15:25 PM PST by mulnir
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To: BBB333

The tv news said the number was around 700 per year.


30 posted on 01/03/2014 4:58:09 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: FreedomPoster

Never rendered safe a uxo with a dozer ...... Used an excavator or two on old M56 4000 pounders, lots of aerial butterfly’s in farmers fields, old grenades and many many forms of uxo from mines to artillery here and there..... Crazy how heat shock and friction can rear its ugly head 70 years or so later....

My guess as to what exact nomenclature was / is .....

http://www.303rdbg.com/bombs.html

Stay safe !!!


31 posted on 01/03/2014 5:25:34 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: chrisser; zot; 2ndDivisionVet; NYer; Interesting Times

There are many variables that can lead to a bomb not exploding when it hits, manufacturing defects, armorer didn’t do the fuzing correctly, or the bomb landed in mud or soft ground and it didn’t explode. I remember walking the woods around Elsenborn Ridge in Belgium, near Malmedy, and finding a German 75mm shell laying on the ground. I just left it there. I did pick up the partly rusted spare barrel carrier for an MG 34 and brought it home as a souvenir.


32 posted on 01/03/2014 5:36:59 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. It may have had a secondary fuse.


33 posted on 01/03/2014 6:13:34 PM PST by zot
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To: BBB333

Blown up, Sir!


34 posted on 01/03/2014 6:15:53 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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