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Man killed while tampering with WWII bomb in Czech Republic


Police said on Twitter that the dead man likely mistook the bomb for an old sewer pipe. (Representative)

Prague:

A World War II bomb exploded early Friday in the eastern Czech Republic town of Ostrava after a man tried to cut it during excavation work, killing him and injuring a other.

Police said on Twitter that the dead man likely mistook the bomb for an old sewer pipe.

“He used an angle grinder to cut the metal and the bomb went off,” they added.

“We can confirm that it was an airburst,” police spokeswoman Eva Michalikova told AFP.

According to local media, a 49-year-old man died while a 31-year-old man suffered minor head injuries.

Police evacuated about 50 people from homes within 300 meters (yards) of the site.

Munitions and bombs from World War II are often found in the northeast of the Czech Republic through which the Red Army advanced in the spring of 1945.

Last year alone, police evacuated hundreds of people three times because of unexploded aerial bombs.

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