Germany: Phosphorus exposure from WWII bomb at US base in Stuttgart lands five in hospital

Five construction workers were hospitalized Thursday after an unexploded World War II-era phosphorus bomb at Patch Barracks was accidently struck, releasing some of the poisonous gas, Army officials said.

Patch Barracks is home to U.S. European Command headquarters.

At about 12 p.m., a backhoe penetrated the casing of the bomb, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart said in a statement. Workers exposed to the phosphorus were taken to a local hospital for observation, garrison spokesman John Campbell said. “There is no threat to Patch Barracks or the local community, but residents are asked to avoid the construction site out of an abundance of caution,” the garrison said.

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Source: Stars and Stripes