Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WWII Bomb found in my neighborhood

Have you ever had one of these days?? I was working on sorting out all of my fabric and was progressing nicely, when I received a knock at the door and this notice was pushed into my hand. If you don't understand German, this is what it reads:

"Due to a bomb found in the vicinity of the Public Pool, the surrounding radius of 300 meters must immediately be evacuated! Please leave the marked area. The bomb will be defused at 2pm. We will inform you when the danger has passed."

Okay. It was 12:30pm and I was just starting to make lunch. I threw together some things and packed the kids up and left. We headed over to Günzburg to ate pizza in a nice café, a nice change in the daily pace. We arrived home a couple of hours later and fortunately, the bomb did not detonate.

We found out later that it was an Allied bomb from WWII that never exploded. I have encountered this before when we lived in Trier, but it was never so close to home at least not in my neighborhood and I didn't have to leave the house immediately with the kids.

You can read more about it here: Augsburger Allegemine in German, of course.


  1. Oh my - I've never seen those notes - maybe they don't always hand them out. But I was part of the "last hour round up" - knocking on doors and ringing bells making sure there was relly noone left in the area.
    It's amazign how some people don't really want to leave and start complaining if the bomb couldn't be defused at a more convenient time.

    And I remember that I couldn't get into Halle to visit a friend several times. It's scary, but then I guess the risk to get into a deadly car accident are far higher.

  2. Holy Cow!! That certainly isn't something one would expect to happen!! Glad it turned out okay. Kind of scary, though!


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