Stuttgart area bomb defused without incident 

STUTTGART, Germany — Traffic around the U.S. Army’s Panzer Kaserne returned to normal the day after a 500-pound World War II bomb was defused without incident.

The bomb, which was discovered in a wooded area next to the Army’s training center in the town of Boeblingen, forced the evacuation of about 500 residents.

If the bomb accidentally went off during the diffusion process, shrapnel could spray for a mile, experts said. For the same reason, a controlled explosion would also pose risks.

On average, more than 2,000 tons of unexploded bombs and other munitions are found each year in Germany.

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