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Kindergartner Unknowingly Brings WWII-Era Bomb To Class - Evacuation Ensues

A young boy has caused an evacuation of his kindergarten class after he unknowingly brought an undetonated WWII bomb for ‘show and tell’. The boy, who attends a kindergarten in Darmstadt, Germany, found the bomb during a walk through the woods and decided to bring it in to show his classmates.

When the teachers of a kindergarten class found a strange-looking item on the shelf of the children’s classroom, they never expected it to be an undetonated Word War II bomb. “A child found the stick-type incendiary bomb during a walk in the woods and brought it along to the kindergarten,” Darmstadt police spokeswoman, Andrea Loeb, revealed.

After teachers identified the item, they “immediately notified police and took the children to a playground off site.”

As soon as police were called to the kindergarten, a bomb disposal team was dispatched to safely remove the World War II relic, allowing the children to return to their classroom, completely unaware of the danger they faced. Despite it being more than seven decades since the end of World War II, unexploded aerial bombs are constantly being stumbled upon.

While authorities have voiced numerous warnings about these bombs being located in woods, fields and sometimes even people’s private gardens, these explosives have still been known to detonate and cause horrific injuries and in some cases, death.

More than 2,000 tons of live bombs and munitions are found across Germany every year, with police urging citizen to immediately report any suspicious looking objects. Usually, these bombs are removed and then defused or detonated in controlled blasts in an isolated location.

In most cases, however, the bombs usually cause a stir of panic and will often result in an evacuation of the location.

In 2016, an unexploded British bomb led to the evacuation of 54,000 residents from the southern German city of Augsburg on Christmas day. The 1.6-ton munition was discovered during construction work in the historic central district just one week before Christmas day, allowing residents sufficient time to evacuate the town and stay with relatives while authorities worked to defuse the bomb.

Several decades of muck and mud had to be cleared from the bomb before bomb squads could disable the three detonators. After the aerial bomb was taken care of, city police were able to deliver “good news at Christmas,” allowing everyone to return to their homes on Christmas night.

Only 6 months after this incident, another three British bombs were found in the city of Hanover. This discovery triggered the evacuation of 50,000 people, making it the second largest operation to be carried out in the country. Residents were required to stay in emergency shelters established at three schools, with care homes, a clinic and a continental tire plant also being evacuated.

While it was initially believed that there were as many as 13 bombs in the area, only three turned out to be dangerous. The three bombs were efficiently diffused, allowing residents to return to their homes shortly afterwards.

Source: New York Post, IB Times
Photos: Southern Hesse Police/DPA, Daniel Jędzura/123RF Stock Photo, Mikhail Rulkov/123RF Stock Photo, Oleg Beloborodov/123RF Stock Photo, Pexels

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