World War II bombs destroyed on Danish island

Two bombs from the Second World War were destroyed on Danish island Als on Wednesday, with bomb disposal experts investigating a third object.

World War II bombs destroyed on Danish island
World War II bombs are destroyed in controlled explosions on Danish island Als. Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

Evacuated residents in the area are unable to return home at the time of writing as the Danish military bomb disposal unit, EOD, checks for a third bomb in the area of southern island Als where two explosive devices were neutralised earlier on Wednesday.

The first two bombs were destroyed in controlled explosions, local police confirmed in a press statement.

A wider area is being inspected by police after the discovery of the two bombs.

Work on the third object could take several hours, police said early on Wednesday afternoon.

The two bombs which were destroyed earlier on Wednseday were found on a field near the town of Sønderborg and come from an RAF bomber that crashed in the area in 1943, news wire Ritzau reports.

Around 500 residents have been evacuated from a security zone around the two bombs during the last day due to work on the controlled explosions, although the bombs were initially detected at the end of October.

Residents returning to their homes once the security zone is lifted could find bomb fragments in their gardens, police said.

“Fragments from bombs may have fallen in the security zone.They consist of cast iron and steel and can contain heavy metals,” police stated.

“To have them remove, residents are advised to wear gloves, pick up the fragments and dispose of it in metal waste containers,” they said.

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Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Copenhagen Police have released a photo showing officers taking sleeping children for a walk in their prams after their kindergarten was evacuated due to a suspected gas leak.

Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Police in Copenhagen followed a parents’ golden rule on Tuesday when they took care not to wake sleeping children after evacuating their kindergarten.

The police and fire services in Copenhagen evacuated an integrated school, kindergarten and creche in the Frederiksberg district after a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity.

At the time of the evacuation, some of the little ones from the creche (vuggestue) were taking their afternoon naps, resulting in an unusual task for law enforcement.

Several officers took sleeping children for a walk in their prams, police said on Twitter and posted a photo of the “pram patrol”.

Students from the school also accompanied officers on the walk to the nearby Frederiksberg Center shopping mall, according to the police tweet.

“Nobody was hurt but because this might nevertheless be a dramatic experience, our local police and Copenhagen Fire Department will this week visit both the school and kindergarten to follow up and talk to the children again,” police said in a second tweet.

The source of the leak was found to be a cable which was subsequently dug up to stop the leakage, broadcaster DR earlier reported.