1-ton WWII-era bomb discovered near Marseille port

It was discovered a week ago by construction workers who accidentally pierced the explosive with their back hoe.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2012, 23:57 PM IST

Marseille: Officials in Marseille are
evacuating an area around the French Mediterranean city`s port
so they can remove a 1-ton German bomb that dates to World War II.

Around 1,000 people have been asked to clear out today.
Boat traffic has been halted and access to several coastal
roads blocked. The bomb will be taken to a military base to be
detonated.

It was discovered a week ago by construction workers who
accidentally pierced the explosive with their back hoe.

The regional government says the bomb`s ignition system
no longer works but the sheer amount of explosives 650
kilogrammes made it dangerous.

The bomb was apparently buried by German soldiers, who
had planned to destroy the city`s port, as they retreated near
the end of the war.

PTI