Deadliest Catch: Dutch Tourist Reels in Anti-Tank Weapon

In this archive photo, a German Wehrmacht soldier can be seen aiming an anti-tank weapon at a Soviet tank. Zoom
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In this archive photo, a German Wehrmacht soldier can be seen aiming an anti-tank weapon at a Soviet tank.

A Dutch tourist fishing in eastern Germany reeled in an unusual catch this weekend -- a World War II anti-tank bazooka. A bomb squad removed it without anyone getting injured.

If you want to go fishing in Germany, you had better watch what you put on your hook. It's a lesson that a Dutch tourist learned on Sunday when, instead of using bait, he decided to try using a magnet.

His fresh catch was probably more than he bargained for. The fisherman reeled in a World War II-era Panzerfaust anti-tank shell in a shallow stream in Seifhennersdorf in the eastern state of Saxony.

Local military ordnance removal officials secured the bazooka and nobody was injured.

Unexploded bombs or munitions are commonplace in Germany, even nearly seven decades after the end of World War II. Hardly a week goes by without the discovery of another bomb that threatens public safety.

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