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Look what the dog brought in: US hand grenade 看看這隻狗叼回什麼:美製手榴彈

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A dog out on a walk happened upon a live US grenade from World War II and eagerly delivered it to his master, police said last week, but authorities were able to defuse the explosive before it went off.

A 40-year-old woman had let the dog off its leash near a stream on a walk on the outskirts of the town of Erkrath in western Germany’s Neander Valley.

The animal found the grenade on the ground, picked it up in its jaws and trotted back to its owner.

“She recognized immediately that it was probably an old, rusted hand grenade,” police said. “On the orders of the woman, the dog obediently put his find back next to the stream.”

She then alerted the authorities who blocked off the area and dispatched a munitions expert who identified the object as a still-live American hand grenade from World War II and raced against time to defuse it.

Germany is still littered with unexploded Allied munitions more than six decades after the war, frequently leading to major evacuations when they are discovered in densely populated areas.(AFP)

警方上週表示,一隻狗外出散步時,意外發現一顆二次大戰時的美製未爆手榴彈,牠興沖沖地把這顆手榴彈獻給主人,所幸相關當局在它爆炸前就將它成功拆除

一名四十歲的婦人在德國西部寧德山谷的埃爾克拉鎮郊區溜狗時,鬆開狗鏈放狗在一條小溪邊自由活動。

結果狗在地上找到那顆手榴彈,就叼著它小跑步回到主人身邊。

警方表示:「她立刻認出那應該是顆老舊又生鏽的手榴彈。在這名婦人的指令下,這隻狗聽話地把找到的東西放回溪邊。」

然後這名婦人將此事通報相關當局。他們封鎖了該區,並派了一位軍火專家來鑑定該物。鑑定結果顯示,這是一顆二次世界大戰時期的美製未爆手榴彈,他們於是趕緊拆除了它。

戰後六十餘年後,德國境內仍有許多未爆破的同盟國彈藥;這些彈藥出現在人口密度高的地區時,當局經常必須採取大範圍的疏散行動。(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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