Old bombs in Germany – level 2

13-05-2015 15:00

Seventy years after the end of World War II, bombs still haunt Germany. Many of them were cleared at the end of the war, but not all of them can be seen. Many of them are buried underground.

Every year, more than 2,000 tons of live bombs are found. Sometimes, they are under buildings and must be moved to a safe place where they are detonated.

During the war, the country was pummelled by 1.5 million tons of bombs. Around 15 per cent of those bombs did not explode and were buried up to 6 metres underground. People find fewer and fewer bombs, but nobody can say when it will be over.

Difficult words: haunt (to scare, to trouble), detonate (to explode), pummel (to hit many times).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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