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Unraveling the Mystery: 130-Kilo Bomb Trapped in a Fisherman’s Net Leads to Global Tension

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Unveiling the Secrets: Underwater Explosions During World War II in Denmark’s Langland Islands

In a stunning discovery, a bomb from the tumultuous era of the Second World War was detonated underwater near Denmark’s Langland Islands. The BBC reports reveal that a fisherman, after finding a 130-kilogram weapon tangled in his fishing net, promptly alerted authorities, leading to a swift response.

Danish Navy’s Decisive Action

The Danish Navy took immediate action, submerging the bomb back into the water. They affixed a 10-kilogram explosive charge to it, enabling a controlled detonation. According to the Defense Department, the explosion occurred 15 meters (49 feet) below the water’s surface, averting potential catastrophe.

Similar Incidents Across the Globe

This incident echoes a similar one in Singapore, where another relic from the Second World War was discovered. Singaporean military experts detonated a 100-kilogram bomb on September 26 at a construction site. The controlled explosion necessitated the evacuation of over 4,000 people in the vicinity.

Airborne Threat in Singapore

Notably, an unexploded aerial bomb was also found in Singapore’s northeastern suburb of Bukit Timah. Authorities deemed transporting the bomb unsafe, leading the military to safely dispose of it on-site.

Challenges in Germany

Meanwhile, in August, a bomb from the Second World War was discovered in Dusseldorf, Germany. The German news outlet Deutsche Welle reported that a police and bomb disposal campaign compelled 13,000 residents to evacuate their homes. The American-made bomb weighed a staggering 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) and was found near the city’s zoo during excavation work.

These instances of unexploded wartime ordnance surfacing decades later highlight the enduring impact of conflicts. The careful and controlled handling of these discoveries is crucial to ensuring public safety and avoiding potential disasters.