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Shipping containers used to absorb WWII bomb detonation in Germany

PortandTerminal.com, January 31, 2021

BERLIN – Is there no end of novel usages for the humble sea container? Bomb disposal experts in Germany stacked shipping containers filled with special water balloons to absorb the impact of explosions by live WWII bombs discovered in the center of Göttingen, central Germany

The 10-ton (10,000 kilogram) bombs with long-life fuses were dropped by the US military during the Second World War.

Officials reported that four bombs from World War II were detonated in Göttingen on Saturday night (Jan 30). Shortly after midnight, the ordnance disposal service announced that the controlled demolition had been successful.

Windowpanes in three buildings nearby were destroyed by the pressure wave from the explosion, which meant some residents could not immediately go home. On Saturday, more than 8,000 people left their homes in Göttingen, with police, firefighters and the German army all taking part in the large-scale evacuation effort.

Mass evacuations because of unexploded WWII bombs are not uncommon in Germany and other parts of Europe, even many decades after the war’s end. Most of them are handled as a matter of routine. 

Göttingen has in the past had a tragic experience with a bomb defusal operation. In 2010, three employees of the local Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service died when a WWII bomb they were trying to defuse exploded. 

With reporting by DW, AFP

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