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Athus bomb alert was not false: WWII shell discovered
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Athus bomb alert was not false: WWII shell discovered

07.08.2013 From our online archive
The bomb alert on Tuesday near Athus station just a few hundred metres over the border in Belgium that caused train delays on the entire line, turned out not to be false!

(ADW) The bomb alert on Tuesday near Athus station just a few hundred metres over the border in Belgium that caused train delays on the entire line, turned out not to be false!

The alert was in fact due to the discovery of a shell dating back to the Second World War.

In a brief press statement Luxembourg’s train service CFL reported that the incident had caused delays on the line to Luxembourg, especially at Rodange and Pétange.

Belgian authorities reported that the cause of the scare was a World War II shell discovered by the tracks near an underground passage and a bridge known as “Pont Noir”.

The weapon was discovered at about 1pm and the army was called in who sealed off the area. However one hour later the all-clear was given and calm returned to Athus.

Rail traffic began once again but took several hours before normal timetables resumed.