WWII bomb explodes in Germany, no injuries

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A bomb from World War II exploded in southern Germany, but it appears to have detonated by itself and no one was injured, police said on Wednesday.

Police said they were alerted after a man discovered a large crater near Unterfoehring in Bavaria. Investigators established that it was a 125-kilogram (275-pound) bomb and that it likely exploded unnoticed two weeks earlier.

More than 65 years after World War II, authorities believe there are still some 3,000 bombs buried beneath Berlin alone, and unexploded devices are regularly discovered in construction work.

In June 2010, a 500-kilo (1,100-pound) Allied bomb, thought to be British, exploded and killed three German sappers and seriously injured two others in the central city of Goettingen as they prepared to defuse it.

© 2011 AFP

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