German festival Rock am Ring evacuates audiences following terrorist threat

  • One of Germany’s largest rock festivals, Rock am Ring, was forced to evacuate its audience Friday following a terrorist threat. 
  • The festival shared the announcement on Facebook, asking 80,000 attendees “to leave the festival site in a calm and controlled manner toward the exits and camping grounds.”
  • In a statement, the Rhineland-Palatinate police based in Koblenz, Germany, said they encountered a “possible terrorist threat” and could not share further details during the investigation. Organizers hope the festival can go forward as planned Saturday. Read more (6/2/17)
Sunday, 7 May 2017: Mass evacuation in Hannover after WWII bomb find

Today, on Sunday, 7 May 2017, about 50,000 people – about one tenth of the population of Hannover – have to be evacuated from the Vahrenwald, List, and Nordstadt neighborhoods. The evacuation has started at 9:00. At 14:00, the area is expected to be fully evacuated. Public transport in the area is suspended. Trains will no longer stop at Hanover Man Station and will be deviated. Train service from Hannover Main Station to Hannover airport will be replaced with buses. Businesses in the area have to stop production. Only then can experts begin to further investigate the suspicious site. The work is expected to be finished not later that 22:00. To ease the troubles of the evacuated, Hannover offers an extensive cultural program, offering free or reduced admission to museums, theater plays, zoos, etc. Emergency accomodation has been set up in sports halls and schools.

Five large metal objects have been identfied with magnetometers on a building plot. Whether they are indeed unexploded WWII bombs is not yet known as the metal objects have not yet been excavated. However, the authorities take the greatest possible care to avoid any risk. This is due to the fact that the bombs are becoming more dangerous as they are ageing.

Many of the unexploded bombs have a time-delayed chemical trigger. It contains a glass vial filled with acetone (the solvent in nail polish remover) and a couple of plastic discs holding a spring-loaded pin in place. Upon impact, the glass vial was supposed to shatter, releasing the acetone, which was supposed to eat through the plastic discs, which took an indeterminate and varying length of time. When the plastic discs were weak enough, the spring-loaded pin would impact a crystalline, pressure-sensitive explosive, which would then trigger the bomb. The idea to implement such a random time delay was to interfere with rescue and firefighting activities after a bomb raid.

However, quite often the glass vial remained intact and the bombs would not explode at all. Now, more than 70 years after the war, two mechanisms make the bombs prone to detonate at the slightest disturbance. Firstly, the plastic discs are ageing and are becoming brittle, posing a greater risk of spontaneously releasing the pin. Secondly, the crystalline pressure-sensitive explosive undergoes modifications of its crystalline structure, making it sensitive to any kind of movement. Spontaneous bomb explosions have already happened, and in 2010, three bomb defusing experts were killed during their attempts. Also construction workers have already been killed when they had accidentially hit a bomb hidden underground.

That’s why builder-owners in areas suspected to be contaminated are required by law to investigate their property with metal detectors at their own cost prior to digging into the ground. In case something is found, the federal states are responsible and bear the full cost for risk assessment, removal, and destruction. The actual work at the site is carried out by expert companies.

It is estimated that about 100,000 unexploded bombs are still buried underground in Germany. Every year, about 5000 bombs are discovered and rendered harmless.


(No spoilers I promise)

I just came home from the night premiere of Dunkirk in IMAX and let me tell you guys it was AMAZING! It was different, it’s not what you would expect from a war movie at all. Viewpoints, perspectives, camera positions… Literally every single actor was convincing, the music gave me goosebumps, and the storyline was refreshing.

Yes, Harry was fab too. Of course he was. I knew he would be. What I didn’t expect however, is that considering the group protagonist, his character was actually one of the more emotionally deep and complicated guys in the whole film. Ya’ll are gonna be so proud of our bby💖 Go see it!

“The city had heard the fire was coming closer, but it was more a hassle than a threat. People would only complain about the smoke and ash. When it hit [a community on the outskirts], you could tell the attitude had changed. People were scouring the city for evacuation kits. The morning of the evacuation the sky was blue and calm. I just forgot about the imminent danger. The headlines from the emergency update seemed to say things were under control. We went about our lives. Around noon, the sky was filled with thick black smoke. I was rushing around to collect what I valued most. Shortly after, the first notice to be prepared to evacuate had been called. Maybe half an hour later the Emergency Alerts were blasting our radios. I have never seen more traffic in my life. We passed hundreds of cars abandoned, people parked on the side of the road expecting for this all to be called off. Campers were set up on the side of the highway. This drive should have taken an hour and a half on a normal day. We left at 3:30 [p.m.], and arrived at the [evacuation] camp shortly before [midnight].”

Unless you’re the sort of person who keeps stacks of chlorine pills in a backyard bunker, you’re probably not truly prepared for an emergency. Oh, you can have supplies and a plan. But emotionally, the idea of your home catching fire will never quite be real until it’s right in front of you. Once that happens, it’s chaos, as Derek explained:

“The radio stations continued to play music and made short announcements about evacuations. It got to the point where one of the hosts lost his nerve and just left. He started to panic and just wanted to get out. I don’t blame him. Downtown looked like a ghost town. All the trees looked like burnt match sticks. My phone was flooded with text messages and voicemails yet I couldn’t respond to any. Any out-going calls or messages failed. All I could do was listen to satellite radio and try and keep my mind off everything.”

Evacuating A Modern City: 5 Realities In A Real Apocalypse

A disaster is underway in your area and you have been notified by your local authorities that you are to evacuate your home and that you have 15 minutes to grab your personal belongs and leave. Are you prepared for this to happen right now?

This is an exercise my wife and I had a lengthy discussion about the other night. We went to the extent of talking specifically about who is responsible for what and when. The order or what we were to do and then also talked about where we currently are at with our preps for this situation. From there we were able to determine what we need to change and/or obtain to be better prepared.

So now I ask you to ask yourself the same question and go through the exercise and determine right now. Are you prepared?

Be Prepared Not Scared