Thousands of live bombs off Dutch coast
The 500th bomb found on the coastal town of Scheveningen has been destroyed on Thursday.7 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Since 2005, the Dutch navy has destroyed 500 unexploded bombs left over from WWII.
On Thursday it destroyed the 500th bomb to be found, in a controlled explosion 14 kilometres from the coastal town of Scheveningen.
The navy stepped up its search for unexploded wartime bombs after a fishing boat hauled one aboard in a net in 2005. The bomb exploded on the deck and killed three crew members.
It's estimated that 10,000 to 300,000 unexploded bombs are scattered over the bottom of the North Sea.
Many of them were dropped by English and US bombers returning from raids on Germany. Wartime pilots were forbidden to return to base with live bombs still on board, so they usually ditched them in the sea before reaching England.
Fishermen who find unexploded bombs or mines in their nets have been told to alert the navy immediately.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]