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German police find 'WW2 bomb' was big courgette

Courgette mistaken for WW2 bomb Image copyright Karlsruhe police
Image caption Police agreed with the elderly man that the vegetable looked like a bomb

A German man feared a monster courgette he found in his garden was an unexploded World War Two bomb and called the police.

The 5kg (11-pound) courgette had probably been thrown over a hedge into the 81 year old's garden, police said.

Luckily no evacuation was required in Bretten, a town near Karlsruhe in south-west Germany.

The 40cm (16-inch) vegetable - also called zucchini - "really did look like a bomb", police said.

Once police had reassured him following the early morning call-out, the pensioner disposed of the courgette himself.

Many unexploded bombs dropped by the British RAF or US Air Force have been unearthed in Germany, usually during construction work.

On 3 September 65,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt, so that a 1.4-tonne British bomb could be defused. It was the biggest evacuation in post-war German history for an unexploded bomb alert.

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