WWII bomb discovered at US Army post in Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany — A 4-pound World War II-era bomb was removed from the U.S. Army’s Robinson Barracks on Tuesday after being discovered at a construction site on post.
The explosive, a British incendiary bomb, was rendered safe and transported by a German explosive ordnance disposal unit, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart said in a statement.
The bomb was discovered at 9:30 a.m., resulting in temporary road closures near the housing area on post.
“The blocked roads on Robinson Barracks were returned to normal operation and construction on the site has resumed,” the garrison said.
In Germany, unexploded bombs are routinely discovered during construction projects and sometimes result in large evacuations as a precaution.
In November, a 500-pound WWII bomb was defused near the Army’s training center in the suburban Stuttgart town of Boeblingen, which forced the evacuation of about 500 residents. The area was heavily bombed by the Allies during the war.
On average, more than 2,000 tons of unexploded bombs and other munitions are found each year in Germany. About 15 percent of the bombs dropped during WWII failed to explode and many remain buried deep in the ground.