A man in the town of Bretten called police to report an unexploded bomb. The 81-year-old man found the suspected bomb in his garden on Thursday and quickly called authorities.
Officers arrived to the garden to take a look at what was suspected to be a World War II unexploded bomb. But they quickly found out that it was not an unexploded bomb but a vegetable.
The suspected bomb was actually a giant courgette. Police released a statement saying that officers determined the object, which looked similar to a bomb, was a 15 inch courgette.
The police and man don’t know where the giant vegetable came from but authorities believe it was thrown over the garden. The vegetable weighed close to 11 pounds.
The confirmation from police that it was just a vegetable that looked similar to an unexploded bomb was good news for the residents of the town, which has a population of approximately 28,000. In recent years, unexploded bombs from World War II have forced authorities to evacuate towns and cities.
In September, German police had to evacuate 70,000 people after an unexploded World War II bomb was found in Frankfurt. The area was closed and guarded by authorities as bomb disposal experts examined the bomb. Authorities used heat detection technology to make sure that no one had stayed in the area. In August, the city of Hildesheim was evacuated after an unexploded bomb was discovered during construction works. 10,000 residents were evacuated and the bomb was dismantled without any problems. Last year, an unexploded bomb forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes in Augsburg. Local authorities later announced that the operation to dismantle the bomb took 11 hours and involved 900 police officers. The explosive was found during construction works in the area.
Its been over 70 years since World War II ended but unexploded bombs are still being found in Germany. On average about 2,000 tons of unexploded bombs are found each year in the country. The unexploded bomb problem is so common that the country has a bomb disposal unit. Members of the unit estimate their work of deactivating bombs will continue for many more years. Unexploded bombs are extremely dangerous as they can be accidentally triggered. In 2014, a construction worker lost his life when the bulldozer he was driving hit a bomb.
The latest evacuations over an unexploded bomb happened back in September. The evacuation operation was the biggest in post-war German history.