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Posted 20 March 2012 - 15:29

Officials in Marseille have evacuated an area around the French Mediterranean city's port so they can remove a 1-ton German bomb that dates to World War II.

Around 1,000 people were asked to clear out Sunday. Boat traffic has been halted and access to several coastal roads blocked. The bomb will be taken to a military base to be detonated.

It was discovered a week ago by construction workers who accidentally pierced the explosive with their back hoe.

The regional government says the bomb's ignition system no longer works but the sheer amount of explosives — 1,400 pounds (650 kilograms) — made it dangerous.

The bomb was apparently buried by German soldiers, who had planned to destroy the city's port, as they retreated near the end of the war.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:51

If a back hoe didn't cause it to explode, would moving it?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 14:48

^ I guess if they move it slowly enuff, it's relatively safe ...

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 14:51

Just luck that the backhoe didn't ignite the explosive with a spark, it still has 650KG in there even if the detonator has corroded away