Growing Peril for Beachgoers Two Hurt by WWII Phosphorus on German Shoreline

Two women suffered serious burns on a German beach over the weekend when they misidentified pieces of World War II phosphorus that had washed ashore as amber. Similar accidents occur each year and experts say the threat posed by rusting war munitions dumped into the Baltic and North Sea is increasing.
A controlled explosion off the coast of the island of Rügen in 2007 -- the Baltic is contaminated with World War II munitions.

A controlled explosion off the coast of the island of Rügen in 2007 -- the Baltic is contaminated with World War II munitions.

Foto: Z1017 Bernd Wüstneck/ dpa
cro -- with wire reports
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