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Containers and Crane organised

ALS involved in detonation of a 2nd world war British bomb

20th December 2013

During soil construction works in Hannover city centre a British aircraft bomb from the second world war was discovered.

Due to the necessity to dismantle the detonator it was necessary to blast the unexploded bomb during the night. This meant a 0.5km² was cornered off and involved nearly 14,500 residents having to leave their houses and apartments during the operation.

As part of the preparations ALS organised the positioning of six 20’ foot containers with an 80 Ton mobile crane to protect the closely spaced buildings.

ALS and the fire officers in charge, police and explosive disposal teams had to work very closely together due to the nature of the operation.

The six containers were filled with water bags (24.5 cbm each) to ensure enough weight to detonate the bomb successfully. After the bomb was detonated in the early hours of the morning the fire department then removed the water from the containers.

A further investigation of the area meant the area was given the all clear and residents could return to their home.

ALS arranged the return transport of the containers working closely with the local fire department and the police as the road had to be closed due to the tight nature of the manoeuvre.

For further information please contact:

Jill Peacock - Group Marketing Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 796214