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A 550-pound unexploded bomb was found outside soccer stadium in Germany

Dortmund’s team receive applause from supporters after winning a gamer earlier this month against Mainz.
Dortmund’s team receive applause from supporters after winning a gamer earlier this month against Mainz. The Associated Press

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The war is over, but not forgotten.

The Associated Press reported that German authorities on Thursday defused an unexploded World War II bomb close to Borussia Dortmund’s stadium after evacuating the area.

The 550-pound British bomb was located in a parking area just to the west of Signal Iduna Park. An 820-foot radius around the site was evacuated, including the stadium.

If you follow the Bundesliga*, then you know this is an apt metaphor for Dortmund’s season. Injuries and purchases of their star player by uber-rich Bayern Munich (think Dodgers, Yankees, Cowboys all rolled into one) saw Dortmund sink to the bottom of the standings in the first half of the season.

* Confession: I am a Dortmund fan

Dortmund has rebounded with three straight wins ahead of a key game against Schalke.

Everything turned out fine.

Translation: The bomb was defused! The most beautiful stadium in the world remained intact! Fortunately!!

According to Deutsche Welle, “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 once discovered, 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.”

I can’t help but throw this in:

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