The Italian Almanac


Leftover Bomb

Soldiers intervened in the Tuscan town of Pitigliano to blow up an aerial bomb left over from the Second World War. The 1,000-pound US-manufactured explosive was discovered lying on the bed of the river Fiore around 60 meters from the road.

Specialists of the Second Regiment of Bridge Engineers, stationed in Piacenza, intervened in two stages, first extracting the two detonators before transporting the bomb to a safe place for a controlled explosion.

Italian bomb-disposal experts have carried out over 30,000 interventions to secure war debris including unexploded bombs over the last 10 years. Some 2,300 unexploded bombs were disposed of in 2012 alone.