German city spared disruption over WW2 bomb. It ain’t a bomb!


What the neighborhood looked like in 1945

German authorities have scrapped plans to cordon off part of the city of Stuttgart and shut its main station after discovering a suspected World War II bomb was actually an old water pipe.

Officials had announced that the station, a major railway hub, would be shut for several hours Sunday while experts defused the bomb, found in a nearby park. But city police said experts – on closer examination early Sunday – had determined the object was actually a cast-iron pipe that wasn’t marked on any map.

That meant authorities no longer needed to evacuate a 325-meter radius around the site or ask local residents to leave.

Unexploded World War II bombs are still found frequently in Germany, sometimes leading to large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

By the end of WW2, the whole country had so much new metal here and there we’re lucky it didn’t tilt the Earth.

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