BERLIN — A neighbourhood in Western Germany was evacuated after World War II-era grenades and other munitions bought at a flea market began exploding in summer-like heat.
Police were called after an explosion Monday afternoon in the town of Hennef, east of Bonn. They arrived to find a garage in flames. Shortly after police arrived, the garage expoded several more times.
Anchorites were able to clear a wide area around the home, shutting a stretch of railway and highway as experts were brought in. They secured the munitions and destroyed them in a controlled explosion in a field.
The railway line at Sieg and the adjacent 560 motorway were closed. In addition, the electricity in the affected quarter was shut down.
The 51-year-old homeowner, who’s under investigation for weapons law violations, told police he bought the crate of munitions at a flea market and they apparently started exploding in the hot weather.
There were no injuries.