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Zucchini Mistaken for Bomb in Germany

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A courgette lying on the ground in Bretten, Germany, on Nov. 2, 2017. An 81-year-old man alarmed the police after confusing the vegetable with a World War bomb. (/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

Friday, 03 November 2017 03:04 PM

A zucchini mistaken for bomb drew attention when a worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini.

Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man.

They said in a statement Friday that officers determined "the object, which really did look very like a bomb" was actually a 40-centimeter (nearly 16-inch) zucchini.

The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about five kilograms (11 pounds). Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.

Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.

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