Suspected World War II-era bomb detonates in Germany, killing 1

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(CNN) — At least one person was killed Friday when what is suspected to have been a World War II-era bomb detonated unexpectedly in Euskirchen, Germany, a fire official in that community told CNN.

Euskirchen is in western Germany, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Cologne and 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the country’s border with Belgium.

Many unexploded bombs that were dropped by Allied forces in Germany roughly 70 years ago are believed to remain undiscovered.

Their presence is common enough that private bomb disposal teams are contracted by German companies to check that sites are safe when construction is planned.