thwr - that's some scary shit! I'm glad it turned out OK - and that it sounds almost like a daily occurrence - glad it turns out OK more often than not.
One might think so but actually we are so used to "blocked roads / public transport routes due to a bomb" that no one really cares. The only real problem is that no one of the former allied forces actually knows how many bombs they dropped on us. Like SAM mentioned before we are still finding some potentially deadly "leftovers" more than 70 years after the end of WW2.
BTW: That's why you need to have your piece of land inspected when you want to build a house here in Hamburg - there could be a bomb beneath.
How would knowing how many were dropped be helpful? You don't know how many didn't explode. I suppose if you did know, then once you reached that number you could stop checking - but, yeah that would never happen.
Well, say it was a known fact that 50,000 bombs were dropped. The bombs had a failure rate of x%, then you can figure out approximately how many are still playing hide and boom.
But this is not a real number. Say it was 5%, would you really expect that after you find 2500 bombs that's it? you just stop worrying about it?
I would hope not - because who knows it might have really been 5.1% or 10%.
JB beat me to it - I think we (JB and I) agree that knowing this number really isn't helpful. I suppose if the reported failure rate is 5%, and you find 10,000 bombs, well after that I guess you could become less concerned, but would you really become less concerned? I don't think I would.
Approximately, I did say approximately having a rough idea would surely be better than not knowing, would it not?