The accident occurred in Limburg, where there was a railroad junction and switchyard. The bomb exploded right in the middle of a barley field. It could have landed there as a part of an Allied bombing mission, however it did not explode and spent 75 years buried in the ground.
The WWII era bomb exploded at night. As a result, an enormous crater was created in the middle of the field. Thankfully, there were no casualties in the incident, but unexploded ordnance remains a serious threat in all countries that took part in the war.
According to the de-miners, the bomb had a weight of 250 kg. It was probably a М43, AN-M43 or AN-M64, but it also could have been a M65 — a bomb with a charge of 127 kg TNT. This type of giant was used to destroy the enemy’s infrastructure.
Thousands of bombs were dropped during the war, and some of them are still in the ground. According to Air & Space, these bombs will be detonated within the next 200 years, so they pose a real threat to humanity.
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