German, Norwegian, Danish and US Navy sailors of the Baltic Operations cleared three underwater mines from the time of World War II.

A loud explosion and a mysterious crater that occurred overnight near a German city were probably caused by a World War II bomb that detonated decades later, authorities say.

The 33 feet wide and 13 feet A deep crater was discovered on Sunday in a field near Limburg, police said. The residents reportedly heard and felt a loud explosion on early Sunday, but no injuries were reported.

The police said Monday there was no indication that the crater was caused by agricultural equipment or other machinery. "The BBC reported that a WWII bomb was responsible for the crater and dropped off a plane

An aerial photo shows A crater on a barley field in Germany on June 24, 2019. [Photo: BORIS ROESSLER, AFP / Getty Images]

Limburg spokesman Johannes Laubach told Hessenschau that the city was a common bomb target at the end of the war.

"We can be glad that the peasant was not in the field," he added, according to a translation.

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The discovery of undetonated bombs from the Second World War is not uncommon in Germany. According to CNN, several cities have been defused in recent years in major cities such as Berlin and Frankfurt.

Stunning drone photos showed the extent of the damage done by the alleged bomb.

Contribution: The Associated Press. Follow Ryan Miller of USA TODAY on Twitter @RyanW_Miller


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