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WWII bomb closes Schiphol Airport runway

Much evidence of Amsterdam’s rich history is found underground.

Construction projects, such as the building of a new metro branch, often bring a bounty of archaeological finds — including coins, pots, decorated tiles, coins and, often, the foundations of various buildings.

Sometimes, though, the ground yields historical reminders of a different type:

A runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has been closed after the discovery of a Second World War bomb on Monday afternoon.

The 500-pound bomb was discovered at a depth of five metres near the town of Vijfhuizen during digging work.

At first flights were not effected but eventually the decision was taken to close one of Schiphol’s five runways temporarily. Residents from six houses in the neighbourhood have been evacuated.

On Thursday, bomb disposal experts will dismantle the detonating device. The experts have to wait 54 hours because the bomb was knocked by a digger when it was discovered.

Schiphol was bombed extensively during the Second World War.
– Source: Radio Netherlands, June 3, 2008

According to AP, “Schiphol spokeswoman Kathelijne Vermeulen said Tuesday flights are being diverted to other runways at the airport and no delays are expected.”

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