Controlled Explosion Destroys WWII Anti-Tank Mine Found in Southern Athens Sea

ATHENS, GREECE – A World War II anti-tank mine discovered in the sea off the coast of southern Athens was safely detonated in a controlled explosion on Thursday morning. The mine was found by a swimmer in the area of Kavouri at a depth of 1.5 meters, prompting the intervention of the Hellenic Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.

The controlled explosion took place after the necessary precautions had been taken to secure the area around Kavouri Avenue and Leto street. The discovery of such a historical explosive device serves as a reminder of Greece’s past involvement in World War II and the remnants that can still be found underwater.

Authorities worked swiftly to neutralize the potential danger posed by the anti-tank mine, ensuring the safety of the surrounding area and its residents. The successful detonation showcased the expertise and efficiency of the Hellenic Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in handling and disposing of hazardous materials.

The incident highlights the ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and security of marine areas around Greece. The discovery and subsequent disposal of the anti-tank mine underscore the importance of vigilance and preparedness in dealing with remnants of past conflicts that may still pose a threat to the present.

The controlled explosion not only eliminated a potential hazard but also serves as a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the authorities involved in safeguarding the coastal regions of Athens. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the long-lasting impact of WWII and the importance of ongoing efforts to clear hazardous materials from underwater areas.