In West Germany, delicate excavations have begun in Hamburg to try to retrieve canisters 01 poison buried mora than 30 years ago.
GV Special excavating machine removing earth from Hamburg site ZOOM IN TO warning wind sock
SV Workmen with metal detector and spades PAN TO excavator (2 shots)
SV & GV Excavator at work filling container
GV Firemen and fire engine on standby PAN ACROSS site
SV Marker stake and flag PAN TO site
SV Workmen stepping through decontamination bath
GV Rows of full containers of earth PAN ACROSS site
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Background: In West Germany, delicate excavations have begun in Hamburg to try to retrieve canisters 01 poison buried mora than 30 years ago. The poison, amounting to several tons (tonnes),was discovered late last year (1979) when a young boy died and two others were injured after playing on the site. The former owner of the land has advised that seven canisters of nitroglycerine explosive as well as highly explosive nerve-gas grenades are buried there.
SYNOPSIS: A special excavating machine was brought to the site to mind the poisons. But workmen with metal detectors and spades - and more often than not with their bar hands - have to remove the earth in layers to avoid setting of any explosives.
The excavator analyses the earth it remove before it is dumped on to tips for safe transport away from the site. Some 10-thousand cubic metres (350 thousand cubic feet) are to be removed in the painstaking operations which could last for one year.
Firemen police and soldiers are permanently posted on the site on case of an accident. They also keep a close eye on anyone who wants to visit the site. Tight security is maintained, and visitors have to pass through two checkpoints.
Workmen themselves have to step through disinfecting baths, making the operation the most expensive and protected site redevelopment in West Germany.