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How Many WW2 Bombs Are Found Each Year?

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The final one fell over 70 years ago, but a surprising number of unexploded World WarII-era bombs are still found every year. On Sunday morning, construction workers working on an extension of the London City Airport discovered a bomb in the George V Dock. The airport was closed today with all flights being cancelled.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) found that 2017 was the lowest year for bomb findings since 2010, with only 28 bombs being discovered. This is a far cry from the 62 found in 2016 and the 66 from 2015, highlighting a 55% and 58% drop respectively.  The second lowest year was 2011 when only 45 were found. However, this still represents 62% more discoveries than last year.

Although the occasional British and American bomb is uncovered, the vast majority are unsurprisingly, German.

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