Photo Gallery Bombs on the River Bank

After a dry autumn, November water levels in Germany's Rhine River are lower than they have been in decades. As the waters recede, several leftovers from World War II have been discovered.
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With November water levels in Germany's Rhine River lower than they have been in decades, passersby have made a trio of explosive discoveries in recent days -- all leftover munitions from World War II. The photo here shows one of two barrels of chlorosulfuric acid discovered. The chemical was used during the war to create smoke screens.

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Most of the finds have been made on the shores of the Rhine near Koblenz, pictured here. In addition to the chemical-filled barrels, people have found an incendiary bomb and a larger explosive that is still sitting in just over a foot of water at the river's edge.

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On Saturday and Sunday, officials destroyed the chemical barrels. Some 1,500 nearby residents were evacuated first. The incendiary bomb was likewise exploded.

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Bomb experts in Koblenz have been examining the explosive found there in preparation for defusing it, currently planned for Dec. 4. Here, a diver takes a closer look.

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Water levels in the Rhine are in some spots lower than they have been in decades. Here, two ships pass each other around a large bank of sand near the town of Oberwesel.

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Officials expect the level of the Rhine to continue shrinking, with little precipitation in sight.

Foto: Fredrik von Erichsen/ dpa
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Bomb finds in Germany are not terribly surprising. The country was heavily bombed during World War II and hardly a week goes by without someone finding an explosive somewhere in the country. Here, a 250 kilogram bomb found and defused in Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, in April.

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