Seventeen injured after WWII bomb explodes in Germany

20th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 500-kilogram bomb had been buried about half a meter and went off when an excavator shovel hit it during construction work.

Hattingen, Germany -- A World War II bomb exploded Friday near a factory in the town of Hattingen in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, injuring 17.

The 500-kilogram bomb had been buried about half a meter and went off when an excavator shovel hit it during construction work.

"The factory workers were lucky," said a fire official. "They only are suffering from explosion traumas."

The excavator driver received cuts on one hand. His vehicle was badly damaged with the cab bent to one side.

Allied aerial bombing ending in 1945 left Germany littered with unexploded duds. Bomb-disposal teams continue to search for missing bombs with metal detectors but not all of them have been recovered.

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