World War II bombs found near Schiphol

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A salvo of bombs explodes at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, during a raid by UK Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group (photo: RAF Bomber Command / Wikimedia). (A salvo of bombs explodes at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, during a raid by UK Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 2 Group (photo: RAF Bomber Command / Wikimedia))

Two bombs dating back to World War II were found along the A4 motorway near Schiphol Airport, newswire ANP reports. The thousand-pound American bomb and the five-hundred pound British bomb were found a few weeks ago while A9 rerouting work was ongoing, a spokeswoman for Rijkswaterstraat announced. 

The bombs, now secured by sandbags, will be removed at night on March 2, forcing the closure of the A4 motorway in both directions between the Badhoevedorp and De Hoek junctions. Traffic will be diverted via A5 and A9.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) will first dig up the bombs from their 6.5 meter depth, before removing the explosives ignition. If the work is not completed by the following morning, EOD will continue with the job, and the A4 will likely remain closed.

Defusing the bombs will not affect Schiphol's air traffic, the spokeswoman said. The airport was a frequent target during World War II.

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