Schiphol runway closed after WWII bomb discovered

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A runway at the Schiphol Airport has been closed after a 500-pound bomb was unearthed during digging work.

3 June 2008

AMSTERDAM - A runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has been closed after the discovery of a Second World War bomb on Monday afternoon.

The 500-pound bomb was discovered at a depth of five metres near the town of Vijfhuizen during digging work.

At first, flights were not affected but eventually the decision was taken to close one of Schiphol's five runways temporarily. Residents from six houses in the neighbourhood have also been evacuated.

On Thursday, bomb disposal experts will dismantle the detonating device. The experts have to wait 54 hours because the bomb was knocked by a digger when it was discovered.

Schiphol Airport was bombed extensively during the Second World War.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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