'Second World War bomb' turns out to be big courgette, police in Germany confirm

3 November 2017, 18:02

A concerned pensioner alerted police to what he thought was a Second World War bomb in his garden – but the discovery turned out to be a little less terrifying.

Officers called to the property in Bretten, near the southwestern German city of Karlsruh, instead found the 81-year-old's discovery to be a particularly large courgette.

In a statement on Friday, officers said the vegetable, which measured 40cm in length, "really did look very much like a bomb".

The dark-coloured courgette weighed about 5kg and police believe it may have been thrown over into the man's garden over a hedge.

Unexploded wartime bombs are often found at German building sites and can cause a lot of disruption, with authorities often forced to evacuate buildings and nearby areas while they are defused.

In September, about 60,000 people had to leave their homes in Frankfurt as explosives experts defused a huge wartime bomb.

Residents were ordered to leave after the unexploded 1.8-ton British device was found during construction work in a wealthy suburb of the city.

It was Germany's biggest evacuation since the Second World War.