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.