3 World War II Bombs Successfully Defused in the Rhine River

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

For several days the city of Koblenz has had to figure out what to do with 3 WWII bombs discovered in the Rhine River.  Due to a recent lack of rainfall, the Rhine River saw its water levels fall and as a result, the 3 undetonated bombs were discovered.

Over the weekend, Koblenz evacuated more than 45,000 residents, including patients from 2 hospitals and prison inmates.  The effort to secure the area was one of the biggest since the end of the war and encompassed an area 1.2 miles around the bombs.  The largest was a 1.8 ton British bomb, and then a 275 pound American bomb and smokescreen.

Once that area of the Rhine River was diverted, the bomb squad was able to defuse the bombs in just over two hours.

Check out some of the coverage in the video below…

Photo: dapd/ Harald Tittel/AP Photo

Stephen Fuchs
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