On the morning of June 23, residents of the German town of Limberg discovered in the middle of a barley field a giant crater the size of a house, which was formed as a result of a self-detonation of an air bomb during the Second World War. Unexploded ordnance is a serious problem not only for Germany, but also for many European countries that participated in that war.
According to the Air Force, demining experts have come to the conclusion that this is a 250-kilogram bomb (possibly M43, AN-M43 or AN-M64). Such projectiles are capable of piercing 3-4 floors before detonation. This explains its long stay underground.
Another possible option is the M65 bomb, which had a 127-kilogram TNT charge. When detonated, the body of the bomb turned into a deadly hail of 7, 62 mm thick fragments. It was intended to destroy railway bridges, underground railways, light cruisers, concrete docks, medium-sized buildings and other objects.
During the Second World War, a railway junction and a marshalling yard were located in the vicinity of Limberg. During allied bombing raids, many dropped bombs fell away from objects, burrowing into soft soil. One of them fell, without bursting, on a barley field, where it lay under the earth for 75 years.
Photo from a police drone
Self-detonation of unexploded ordnance is a rare occurrence, but it does occur occasionally. During the Second World War, millions of bombs were dropped, some of which are still in the ground and pose a real danger to Europeans. According to one German expert quoted by Air & Space, the problem will haunt Europe for at least another 200 years.