Man, Borussia Dortmund have really bombed this season, haven’t they? Thankfully, that joke isn’t a literal one.
An unexploded World War Two bomb was found in a parking lot near the west stand of Signal Iduna Park, shortly before Dortmund was to start their Thursday press conference.
It weighs 550 pounds, Deutsche Welle reports, and forced the evacuation of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area. Not surprisingly, Jürgen Klopp’s thoughts to the press were a bit delayed, after the conference was moved to Dortmund’s training ground. Fortunately, later in the afternoon the bomb was successfully defused, and the stadium reopened shortly thereafter — which is great news for fans looking forward to the club hosting rivals Schalke on Saturday.
Still, scary stuff. Many millions of people will have walked past that very location over the years. And, even more frighteningly, “The ground below many German cities remains littered with unexploded bombs dropped by Allied and Soviet forces during the Second World War. Most of the bombs are safely defused, but with hundreds of thousands of aerial photographs from the Second World War, it’s hard to pinpoint exact locations.
“In Germany’s capital, Berlin, authorities believe 3,000 bombs still remain undiscovered, and experts warn that some of the munitions are growing increasingly dangerous as they rust and their fuses grow more brittle.”
According to the Atlantic, 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are found in Germany each year – seven decades on from the end of the war. And four people have been killed since 2006.
Perhaps the luckiest escape from an unexploded WWII device came in England in 1995, when non-league club Portland United discovered they’d been playing with a bomb underneath of their penalty spots.