Germany: Man mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb, calls police

AP
Published Nov 5, 2017, 2:28 pm IST
Updated Nov 5, 2017, 2:28 pm IST
Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany.
Man calls police after he mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Man calls police after he mistakes zucchini for WWII bomb. (Photo: Pixabay)

BERLIN: A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini.

Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man.

They said in a statement Friday that officers determined “the object, which really did look very like a bomb” was actually a 40-centimeter (nearly 16-inch) zucchini.

The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about five kilograms (11 pounds). Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.





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