A worried resident in Germany has alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden, but when officers rushed over they found a particularly large zucchini.
Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man.
They said in a statement on Friday that officers determined “the object, which really did look very like a bomb” was actually a 40-centimetre zucchini.
The vegetable, which was very dark in colour, weighed about 5 kilograms. Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.
“As it turned out to be a vegetable, the bomb disposal unit did not have to be called,” the Telegraph reported police as saying.
Unexploded war-time bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of residents while they are defused.