Volkswagen Headquarters Being Searched For World War II Bombs

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After construction workers at the headquarters of the German auto major found metal objects at four locations, explosive disposal experts started searching. The metal pieces could potentially be an unexploded bomb from the Second World War.

If the metal objects are confirmed to be unexploded bombs, officials would evacuate nearly 700 residents from the Sandkamp district by the VW plant, said expert squad from Lower Saxony, a western German state where Wolfsburg is located.

Officials from Volkswagen said, "There will be no effects on production." VW does not build vehicles on Sunday which could be the possible day when evacuation could happen if the bombs are confirmed.

A lot of instances where World War II-era bombs have been found over the years at the VW headquarters situated in Wolfsburg. Modern technology has made it easier to deactivating and removing of the bombs.

The plant was built in 1938 during the Nazi regime to build the VW Beetle and then converted to build jeep-type military vehicles and aircraft supplies, also to repair warplanes. This led to numerous air raids. This could be one of the reasons for the many bombs found in the manufacturing plant.

Currently, the plant is used to manufacture the VW Golf, Tiguan, and the Touran vehicles.

Source: Reuters

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Story first published: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 12:35 [IST]
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