Thats one hell of a time delay fuze! 73 years after it was dropped from a bomber, ordinance, most likely a MK1 550lb bomb, exploded leaving a large crater in a field in Germany. Luckily no one was working the field at the time.
KETV reports that residents of Ahlbach, Germany, were mostly asleep at about 4 a.m. Sunday when they were jolted by a sudden blast.
Something seemed to have exploded, large enough to feel like an earthquake, and a massive crater in a cornfield was all that remained.
Police were sent to inspect the hole, which measured 33 feet wide and 13 feet deep, they said.
Was it a World War II bomb? At first, officials weren’t sure. But after a day studying the crater, they said it “almost certainly” was a 550-pound dud.
“With the former railway depot, we were quite a bomb target at the end of the Second World War,” city spokesman Johannes Laubach told the German news website Hessenschau. “We can be glad that the farmer was not in the field.”
Undiscovered bombs can often explode without outside forces acting on them, experts say, as their detonators decompose over time.
Old bombs are not uncommon finds in Germany and elsewhere, with hundreds found each year.
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You can view the police report below (Translated from German)