This 1.8-Ton WW2 Bomb Could Have Destroyed a German City Today

By Jesus Diaz on at

World War II is still affecting life in Europe: 45,000 people had to be evacuated after two extremely dangerous bombs were found in the Rhine River, 65 years after they were dropped by British and American bombers.

The biggest was a British 1.8-ton metric bomb that had the potential to destroy the entire city centre; according to the fire department of Koblenz, the German city where the bombs were located unperturbed for decades. The beast was found completely intact and ready to go.

But the most dangerous was the American 275-pound high-explosive device. While the British bomb was in good condition and its deactivation was relatively straightforward, the compact bomb was extremely difficult to deactivate. The impact had made the bomb unstable.

The bomb experts destroyed a third device too, but this one could have only been annoying: it was a fog generator, dropped by Allied planes to make hard for anti-aircraft battery operators to hit bombers. [CNN]