WWII shell found in French apartment chimney

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 18 (AFP) - Bomb disposal experts were called to an apartment in a small town near Paris Monday when its occupants found a bomb from World War Two lodged in a chimney stack, police reported.

PARIS, April 18 (AFP) - Bomb disposal experts were called to an apartment in a small town near Paris Monday when its occupants found a bomb from World War Two lodged in a chimney stack, police reported.  

The device, 30 centimetres (11 inches) long and with a 10.5-centimetre (four-inch) diameter, was discovered when the owners of the apartment in the town of Melun, 40 kilometres (26 miles) southeast of Paris, were carrying out building work. The chimney had not been used in the past.  

Police were unable to say whether the bomb was a mortar shell or a bomb dropped from the air. Melun was badly damaged in fighting between Allied and Nazi forces in 1944.   The device was made safe by a disposal team.

 

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Subject: French News

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