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Documenting this week's latest bomb finds thanks to SafeLane's research team who support colleagues in Germany and the UK with unexploded ordnance surveys and risk assessments.

WWII US bomb found at a German construction site

300 residents were evacuated when a US aerial bomb was discovered during construction works in Gerolstein, Rhineland-Palatinate.

The item was subsequently defused by experts. The item reportedly weighed 125kg and originated from a US bomber during WWII.

Land mine found at a Dorset Nature Reserve.

The bomb squad was called to Wareham Nature Reserve in Dorset, after suspected unexploded ordnance was found by a member of the public.

The item, believed to be a land mine, was disposed of via controlled explosion.

Bomb found near St. Andrew’s Quay, Hull.

A WWII bomb has been discovered near to one of Hull’s busiest retail parks.

Bomb disposal experts attended the scene after the item was discovered stuck in mud near to the flood defence wall. This item was reportedly similar to another item found a few days earlier at Hornsea Beach.

Today, items of ordnance are occasionally encountered by members of the public, ground workers and those within the construction industry all across Europe, especially in main cities like this.

Additionally, coastal, river and marine locations are often at a higher risk of remaining WWII ordnance, as many items fell completely unnoticed at the time. This means that these items remain in situ, waiting to be discovered.

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