WWII Torpedo Washes up on German Beach

BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- Police say a 13-foot (four-meter) German torpedo from World War II has washed up on a beach along the Baltic coast.

Luebeck police spokesman Detleff Riedel says the torpedo was found early Wednesday by a cleaning crew at Timmendorf Beach. Police secured the area and explosives experts were called.

Experts say it is a German torpedo made during World War II. Only the midsection fuel tank washed ashore. The explosive warhead was not attached.

Riedel says the torpedo has been taken away for further examination.

Bombs that failed to detonate during World War II are often found in fields and construction sites in Germany. Many tons of unused German munitions were also dumped in the Baltic Sea after the war ended.

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