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The Danube in Vienna rocked by an explosion

Underground explosion kills fish in the Danube

Austrian river police and firemen have pulled thousands of dead fish out of the river Danube after a massive explosion believed to have been from an unexploded World War II bomb shook the city of Vienna on Saturday night.

The river was temporarily closed after the explosion but traffic is now once again being allowed to travel. Underwater divers are expected to start searching in the next few days for the location of the explosion.

The blast was so strong that it could be heard several kilometres away and it also sent a huge fountain of water into the air. A Vienna police spokesman said: "We were fortunate that there was no ship traffic at the time.

"But the large volume of dead fish shows that the explosion must have been extremely powerful. Because of the strength of the explosion we believe it was probably a flying bomb with a faulty timer. If it didn't go off at the time it doesn't mean that it will never explode – it is just impossible to predict exactly when. At some stage a chemical reaction is likely and that caused the blast to happen. "

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