Fishing boat catches WW2 mustard gas bomb




 
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February 3rd, 2015  
MontyB
 
 

Topic: Fishing boat catches WW2 mustard gas bomb


29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:44
Denmark: Fishing boat catches WW2 mustard gas bomb

Danish fishermen reeled in a particularly dangerous catch during an trawl in the Baltic Sea - a mustard gas bomb from World War Two.
The fishing cutter caught the unexploded German ordnance in the sea around the island of Bornholm, which lies just south of Sweden, the Bornholm Tidende news website reports. A navy bomb disposal team met the boat as it docked in the harbour in the town of Nexo, after the crew called ahead to report what it had aboard. It was then given a thorough cleaning by the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), in case any of the mustard gas had escaped, the website says. "The bomb was well preserved," says DEMA spokesman Michael Gronbech-Dam, adding that it is about 90cm long. Mr Gronbech-Dam say it's unlikely the gas has leaked, but officials aren't taking any chances.

The Baltic Sea is a well-known burial ground for unexploded WW2 bombs. In 2013, Spiegel Online reported that tens of millions of leftover munitions - including detonators and shells - lie on the North and Baltic Sea beds, and high-risk areas are marked on nautical charts. But it's a lucrative fishing area, and in the past fishermen have been injured after coming into contact with mustard gas from corroding bombs. In 1984, more than 30 fishing boats were contaminated in the space of three months, and a dozen fishermen suffered burns.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news...where-31037151
February 3rd, 2015  
sandwichery
 
 
Sadly, left over ordnance will be harming innocent people for many years to come. Do you know if they were able to identify the source? Was it Allied or Axis. Just curious.
February 4th, 2015  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by sandwichery
Sadly, left over ordnance will be harming innocent people for many years to come. Do you know if they were able to identify the source? Was it Allied or Axis. Just curious.
It says it was German:
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The fishing cutter caught the unexploded German ordnance in the sea around the island of Bornholm
At a guess I would suggest it was captured ordnance dumped by the Allies after the war.
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February 4th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
It happens regularly that Danish fishermen get unexploded munitions and chemical weapons in the net. Up to 300,000 tons were dumped in the Baltic Sea and Skagerrak by the Allies in 1945-47.
These areas are marked on the nautical charts, but the problem is that especially the Soviet and Baltic trawlers fishing in those areas often just tossed it overboard again with the result that no one has a full picture of where these weapons are today.
February 4th, 2015  
George
 
In some cases German ships were fully loaded with munitions and scuttled.
 


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