Sixty-four year old Bernd Thälmann was exploring the ground in Brandenberg, Germany, with his metal detector when it gave an unusual ‘bleep’. After bringing the mysterious object home, the pensioner alerted the authorities about his discovery of a shiny lump of metal. But after testing it,he realised that it wasn;t magnetic. So,together with his children he started digging on the properties of various metals. Police discovered the find was radioactive, leading to the evacuation of 15 residents from several houses by emergency services.
Specialists in hazmat suits searched Mr Thälmann’s house and removed the suspicious object in a lead-lined container which was then placed inside a protective suitcase.
Mr Thälmann is now being investigated for being in possession of “unauthorised radioactive substances”.
Police have confirmed that Bernd’s metallic find is radioactive. And they have reportedly suggested a source as well. German authorities have revealed that the area of Oranienburg was the location of Adolf Hitler’s secret uranium enrichment facility. The enriching uranium oxide was imported from South America, to make weapons-grade plutonium. The ultimate aim was to create a Nazi atomic bomb. The research facility is long gone,but t it seems some traces still remain.
Britain and the United States have long possessed information regarding the Nazi’s plans to make atomic bombs.They strove hard to disrupt it.The raids by British Mosquito fighter-bombers and British-Norwegian saboteurs to destroy a nuclear research plant in Norway has been the subject of several books and films.
But some 16,000 bombs were dropped on the Oranienburg facility during the war.It was completely destroyed.Despite the fact the Soviets carefully scoured the site after steamrollering through Germany in 1945, it’s highly likely more radioactive material remains.
According to police, Mr Thälmann was intent on retracing his steps to find more hard evidence of the mysterious Nazi-era site. The amateur archaeologist was proving uncooperative, according to authorities.A police statement revealed that “the finder refuses to provide information on the exact location.” An investigation was launched, with the radioactive find as a part of a criminal investigation. Charges are yet to be pressed.
Documents released earlier this year by the US National Archives reveal how close Nazi scientists came to developing the war-winning atomic bomb.
The US National Archives released documents this year about the National Socialist Party developing nuclear weapons. The log book from Hans Zinsser, a German test pilot read: “In early October 1944 I flew away 12-15km from a nuclear test station near Ludwigslust (South of Lübeck).
“A cloud shaped like a mushroom with turbulent, billowing sections (at about 7000 metres) stood, without any seeming connections over the spot where the explosion took place. Strong electrical disturbances and the impossibility to continue radio communication as by lighting turned up.”
There are claims that his testimony was corroborated by another pilot, while an Italian correspondent also saw the explosion, reporting the incident to Italian Fascist leader Mussolini.