Wartime German bomb fished out of French river

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, LYON (AFP) - A German World War II bomb weighting more than half a tonne was fished out of the Rhone river in the French city of Lyon Saturday by disposal experts.

29 October 2007

LYON (AFP) - A German World War II bomb weighting more than half a tonne was fished out of the Rhone river in the French city of Lyon Saturday by disposal experts.

Traffic on and over the major waterway was stopped as the bomb, two metres (six-feet) long and containing 220 kilos (480 pounds) of TNT, was brought to the surface by crane.

After its long stay in the water the weapon was inert and did not need to be defused. It will be destroyed at a military base next week.

The Rhone bridges were targets of bombing raids as retreating German forces tried to stem the allied drive from the south of France in 1944.

AFP

Subject: French news

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