The Last Casualty of WWII: Suspected 70-Year-Old Bomb Kills One in Germany

A World War II-era bomb believed to have been left over from Allied raids exploded in Germany on Friday, killing one. The explosion, which occurred in Euskirchen, a suburb of Cologne, took the life of a construction worker and injured several others. The explosion was powerful enough to shatter the windows of structures within a few miles of the blast.

“The bomb detonated unexpectedly at a construction site in Euskirchen, which has a population of about 55,000,” a report on the incident in Circa read. “Local reports said eight people were hurt, including two seriously.”

“The man killed was operating the excavator, which caught fire after the explosion,” the report concludes.

Finding unexploded munitions from the Second World War is not an infrequent occurrence in Europe. In November 2013, a 4,000 pound British bomb forced evacuations in Dortmund, Germany, and a 220-pound piece of Russian ordinance was found at a construction site in Berlin in April of that year.

h/t Circa

[Photo via Reuters]

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