An unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in a kindergarten in the western city of Darmstadt in Germany on Wednesday lying on a shelf among some toys.
Gernan police spokeswoman Andrea Loeb said: “A child had found the stick-type incendiary bomb during a walk in the woods and brought it along to the kindergarten.”
The kindergarten was quickly evacuated when the teachers found the “strange object”. The teachers immediately called the police. A bomb disposal team was sent to the school and safely removed the bomb from the kindergarten.
More than seven decades after the war ended in 1945, Germany is still haunted by the danger of unexploded World War Two aerial bomb still lurking in the soil. More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs are still being discovered yearly in Germany, even those under buildings. Authorities defuse or detonate the bombs in controlled blasts but such would, of course, entail the interruptions and inconveniences of disruptions, evacuations to the affected areas and people. There are times such process even resulted to deaths.
No further details were provided as to how exactly the child discovered the bomb in the woods, and how it was brought to the school, and if the child initially had an idea what it is. It is a good thing no one was hurt from the bomb discovery, especially as an extra vulnerable place as a kindergarten was affected.