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The Mainz-Kastel Storage Station, a popular shopping area for Wiesbaden-area personnel, will close for two days next week due to concerns over possible unexploded ordnance from World War II, an Army spokeswoman said.

The discovery, not at all unusual for this part of Germany, was made in late November during preparations for an excavation project that is part of a communications upgrade, said Anemone Rueger, spokeswoman for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. Four areas were flagged.

A “geologist determined there were four anomalies within the scan results that may indicate objects of WWII unexploded ordnance,” Rueger wrote in an e-mail response to questions.

The buried objects also could be as harmless as old piping or discarded building materials, Rueger later said.

Whatever the case, Army officials don’t want to chance it, so they have decided to close the installation Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning employees of tenant organizations need not show up at the office.

Among the largest is the European headquarters of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, where about 100 people work. The figure doesn’t include those who work in the various AAFES stores on post.

“Our management had no choice. We can’t get to work,” Debbie Byerly, spokeswoman for AAFES-Europe, said of the upcoming dig.

Byerly said some AAFES personnel will probably work at home, while others will enjoy an unexpected work break.

Besides AAFES, Mainz-Kastel is home to the European offices of the United Service Organizations, Bank of America and the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. The Department of Defense Dependents Schools system has offices there, and the Air Force’s 485th Intelligence Squadron and two related offices also have a presence.

If the “anomalies” turn out to be bombs, the crew digging the trenches will notify a regional German explosive ordnance office, which will send a team to dispose of the war material.

“We can have a pre-explosion sale,” Byerly joked. AAFES could “mark it down before it blows up.”

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