The explosive was only 18 feet underground.
Authorities have defused a 551-pound (250-kilogram) unexploded bomb from World War II at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. Experts had no problem disarming the weapon, but police evacuated a nearby neighborhood of 690 people just to be safe.
The bomb disposal expert told the local Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung that it was a “standard” American bomb of the period and defusing the weapon was a routine process. A group of 100 police, fire fighters, and paramedics were on hand in case there were any problems.
VW began searching the site after construction crews discovered pieces of metal there. The experts suspected four sites could hold unexploded bombs. By the afternoon on July 8, the team announced three of the locations were safe. However, they found a weapon 18-feet (5.5-meters) underground at the last one. The authorities waited until Sunday, July 10, to diffuse the bomb because they needed time to evacuate the area.
During World War II, the Wolfsburg factory built military vehicles, and the Allies targeted it for bombing. Some of this ordinance didn’t explode, though. This wasn’t the first time the company discovered undetonated weapons there. According to the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, whenever VW does construction today, the company thoroughly checks the area for possible explosives.