Monday, May 10, 2010

Bomb scare at flood defences

Sam Bond at writes about an issue we hadn’t started worrying about yet: A corroded hulk of metal uncovered during preparation work for flood defences on the River Avon sparked a bomb scare this week. There were fears that the object found buried in the river bank at Pill could be an unexploded bomb from the Second World War.

Bristol was heavily bombed during the blitz - the Luftwaffe dropped over 15,000 bombs on the city during a single night raid, after which German propaganda claimed the city had been razed. Pill itself is in a medium risk area for World War 2 ordnance and several bomb craters are present in the adjacent field…..

British troops examine an unexploded German bomb at the railway station at Grong, near Namsos in Norway, April 1940.

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