Ammunition Remaining World War II Suddenly Sprung on the German River

Ammunition Remaining World War II Suddenly Sprung on the German RiverExtreme heat had dampened the surface of the river and made much of the remaining World War II ammunition at the bottom of the river in the cities where the battle had surfaced.

Police warned residents not to touch grenades, mines and other explosives that may still be active.

The ammunition of the rest of World War II is found in many places at the base of the Elbe River in the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony in eastern Germany.

“So far there are 22 grenades, mines or other explosives found on the Elbe,” said Sachsen-Anhalt police spokesman Grit Merker. “This is because the river water has been shallow,” he continued.

July this year is the hottest month in Germany since the temperature is recorded, while July 31 is the hottest day, with temperatures reaching 39.5 degrees Celsius in Bernburg, Saxony-Anhalt.

Earlier this week the water level decreased to 51 cm in Magdeburg, capital of Saxony-Anhalt. The lowest point recorded in history was 48 centimeters in 1934.

Experts are called

In many cases, people usually contact police immediately when they find bombs mainly from World War II, Merker said.

The weapons removal experts were then sent to examine the findings. But sometimes it turns out that it is just an old gas container or fire extinguisher.

If indeed it is found that the explosives can not be transported, then this will be detonated on site, says Merker. He added that this is rare.

On Saturday (28/3) experts have detonated two anti-tank mines found at the bottom of the Elbe river in Saxony.

After more than 70 years embedded on the edge or bottom of the river, the bombs tend to rust and are covered by a thick layer of sediment.

This condition makes ammunition difficult to suddenly explode. Even so, the police asked residents not to directly touch the explosives and immediately notify them.

“Today there was a photograph in the newspaper someone was holding a piece of explosives left in their hands,” Sachsen police spokesman Wibke Sperling said. “This is a classic example that makes weapons removal experts afraid.”

The discovery of the second world war bomb was indeed common in Germany. After the war, many explosives were thrown away to the Elbe River that flows from the Krkonose Mountains in the Czech Republic to Hamburg in northern Germany.