Builder dies after war-era bomb explodes in Germany

By REUTERS
January 3, 2014 23:10

 
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EUSKIRCHEN - A World War Two-era bomb exploded in the German town of Euskirchen near Bonn on Friday, killing a construction worker after his mechanical digger dislodged it and injuring eight other workers.

Television footage from the scene showed the mangled wreckage of the digger's cab and a nearby hut, and windows and doors blown out by the blast.

"During excavations...the digger uncovered a wartime bomb, which exploded. The driver was killed, and several others close to the digger were hurt. Two are seriously injured and six lightly," police spokesman Norbert Hardt said.

"The blast caused significant damage, also in neighbouring streets where glass and garage doors were blown out," he added.

Euskirchen is situated in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most populous state. During World War Two the state was pounded by Allied bombs, as it is home to one of Germany's most dense industrial areas.

Every year hundreds of war-time bombs are still uncovered in Germany, though most are successfully detonated.

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