WWII bomb explodes in Germany killing 1

Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany. Photo / AP
Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany. Photo / AP

The driver of an excavator has been killed and eight other people injured after a World War II-era bomb blew up during earthworks in Germany.

The blast wave from the sleeper bomb on Friday blew out the windows of surrounding buildings and could be felt for several kilometres, police and residents said.

The accident, in which two of the wounded suffered serious injuries, shook an industrial area in the town of Euskirchen near the former capital Bonn in western Germany.

"During earth works an excavator hit a World War II bomb which exploded," a local police spokesman told AFP.

"There was a huge blast wave. In the vicinity of the accident site and surrounding streets, home windows shattered and garage doors were pushed in."

The ground below many Germany cities still contains unexploded ordnance dropped by Allied and Soviet forces in the Second World War, but most is safely defused when found.

- AFP

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