it's KIND OF WEIRD to think that Germans just grow up knowing that there's *literally tons* of explosives buried around the towns they live in that MIGHT blow up at any point especially if disturbed but they probably won't so it's just kind of taken as a fact of life
@theoutrider It gets slightly less common by now, but there's still some each time an urban area is (re-)developed (there was another one in Frankfurt just yesterday).
At least for the planned bombings there's photo material from the allied reconnaissance, and checking for those in the archives is part of the process for every building permit in affected areas.
@theoutrider never even thought about it tbh
though in Aachen it's way more common to find some Roman or medieval remains when digging somewhere, which is the point where you take a six-month break from whatever you're building and let the archeologists do their thing. At least a bomb is usually dealt with quickly
@theoutrider boomers in america grew up with NIKE missle silos, which effectively were nukes aimed at the very cities they were stationed in so they could destroy icbms before they reached norad or Washington.
@theoutrider there's a lake near my parent's house in southern jutland where a quarter of it is a fancy artificial sand-beach with bridge and stuff, and the rest of the lake is diving-forbidden because of possible unexploded WW2 bombs/grenades.
@theoutrider part of it is that the defusal teams are fortunately very good at not having the things accidentally blow so it's generally just "they defused it on the spot", "it wasn't dangerous anymore to begin with" or "they moved it somewhere safe and far away from people and exploded it there"
@theoutrider this is true in much of the UK too.
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