This is one of those bizarre situations that could have been really, really bad.
On Sunday afternoon, police were called to a shocking scene: a massive ring of destruction in the middle of a central Germany field.
And no, it wasn’t caused by UFOs or an asteroid; according to ABC News, it was an explosive that had been planted during World War II,
Residents nearby heard a massive explosion, but the community could not pinpoint the location until later that afternoon. Thankfully, nobody was injured.
Additionally, there was no indication that any farming equipment had caused the bomb to go off. Officials say that, while unlikely, detonators can decompose enough to trigger the bomb.
The crater caused by the explosion is 33 feet wide and 13 feet deep. The farm owners no longer need to worry about the digging phase of a pool installation.
Here’s a good look at the aftermath:
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) June 24, 2019
Locals claim that a railway depot in the area was a juicy target for allied bombings when WWII was drawing to a close, according to BBC News.
In fact, WWII bombs have been unearthed all across Germany in recent years.
In April 2018, one bomb weighing 1,100 pounds was successfully defused in Berlin, according to CNN.
Later in the year, another bomb weighing in at 3,000 pounds was discovered in Frankfurt, causing nearly 60,000 people in surrounding buildings and neighborhoods to evacuate as they awaited bomb techs working to diffuse it.
In May, yet another bomb discovered during a pre-construction check in Hanover forced over 50,000 people to evacuate the area.
Any of these incidents could have meant massive loss of life and property had they exploded at the wrong time. Thank God they didn’t.
But Twitter users were intrigued and even humored by the Sunday explosion, with one saying, “Whoever set that timer for 75 years was a real joker.”
Whoever set that timer for 75 years was a real joker.
— Gumm Bozo (@GummBozo) June 24, 2019
“Wow how many times has a heavy tractor drove right over it!!! Yikes,” another tweeted. And they’re right — this could have been a very bad day for a farmer or his family.
Wow how many times has a heavy tractor drove right over it!!! Yikes
— KRISHNA LOVES YOU (@hulk_bag) June 24, 2019
With that said, I’m sure the workers plowing that field won’t be hanging up their hats until every nook and cranny has been scanned with cutting-edge equipment.
I know I would.
Given the scope and size of WWII, this likely won’t be the last bomb that blows or is uncovered in someone’s field. The effects of world war can truly have a lasting (and dangerous) impact.
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