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Removal of an aerial bomob in Oranienburg

 

 

Project overview

  • 250 kilo aerial bomb with a chemical detonator designed to decompose over a long period of time
  • Discovered on a public road in Oranienburg
  • Buried four metres deep into the ground
  • Water jet cutting technology required to remove the detonator

 

 

Project background

A 250 kg World War Ii-era aerial bomb with a chemical detonator designed to decompose over a long period of time was discovered in Oranienburg. It was first found in November during a systematic search at a depth of four metres along a public road. Work began on the painstaking removal of the heavily encrusted dud in early December.

Six EOD experts started to clean the bomb and then defuse the detonator with a water jet at noon as planned. Over 200 duds have been discovered and defused in Oranienburg since the reunification of Germany. This is approximately the same amount as the number of duds defused during the GDR era. More than 250 are estimated to still remain in the ground.