WWII bomb found near Le Havre university

3rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

LE HAVRE, France, Feb 3 (AFP) - A 500-kilo (1,100-pound) US bomb left over from World War Two, containing 145 kilos of explosives, has been found near the university in the northern French port of Le Havre, officials said Thursday.

LE HAVRE, France, Feb 3 (AFP) - A 500-kilo (1,100-pound) US bomb left over from World War Two, containing 145 kilos of explosives, has been found near the university in the northern French port of Le Havre, officials said Thursday.

The device, found late Tuesday 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.

The site has been secured, but a date has not yet been set for the defusing of the bomb, which will require the evacuation of the university buildings, officials said.

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.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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