First World War Bomb Kills Two Workers 100 Years Later


A First World War bomb that was uncovered at the former battle site of Flanders in Belgium has killed two construction workers and injured two more , after it exploded under unknown circumstances. The battlefields in Western Belgium reveal hundreds of Great War bombs each year and most are usually detonated by a special Belgian army bomb squad. But this time, the bomb seemingly exploded without interference as no digging was taking place at the site, after having laid dormant for almost a century,

Earlier this month, a large amount of ammunition from the First World War was discovered on the border of the West Flemish municipalities of Passchendaele and Moorslede, for which the Belgian bomb squad is still working to clean up the site.

The Flanders battlefields cover dozens of cities where allies clashed with German forces for most of the First World War. The principal town in which the fighting around Flanders revolved was Ypres, with the region fought over from October 1914 to almost the end of the war in 1918. Thousands of mens lives were lost and are still missing in action today.