American WWII bomb defused in French port

16th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

LE HAVRE, France, Feb 16 (AFP) - French bomb experts on Wednesday defused a 500-kilo (1,100-pound) US bomb left over from World War Two, containing 145 kilos of explosives, in the northern port of Le Havre, officials said.

LE HAVRE, France, Feb 16 (AFP) - French bomb experts on Wednesday defused a 500-kilo (1,100-pound) US bomb left over from World War Two, containing 145 kilos of explosives, in the northern port of Le Havre, officials said.

The device, found two weeks ago at a construction site near the city's university, was likely a remnant of an Allied bombing raid against the docks in Le Havre in September or October 1942, regional officials said.

Police threw up a security cordon of 200 meters (yards) around the site for the operation, forcing the evacuation of the university buildings for more than three hours.

Wartime ordnance such as unexploded bombs and mortar rounds are frequently found in northern France, which was the scene of fierce battles between Allied and Nazi forces.

 

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