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Construction worker’s shovel hits metal – it’s 400 live WWII grenades

CONSTRUCTION BOOM: The worker had a lucky escape while digging
CONSTRUCTION BOOM: The worker had a lucky escape while digging

An Austrian construction worker knew he had struck metal with the shovel of his excavator. But it took police to determine what he had unearthed - nearly 400 live Second World War grenades.

The discovery in the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck led to the evacuation of apartments closest to the find, while experts defused some of the ordnance and blew up the rest. No-one was injured.

Police believe the grenades were part of an underground ammunition depot.