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WWII explosives found near George Clooney's Italian villa

April 29, 2010 |  1:28 pm

Clooney-canalis George Clooney's Italian villa was roped off by authorities after an unexploded World War II-era bomb, hand grenades, and mortar rounds were discovered Wednesday submerged in Lake Como near the actor's property.

(Actually, the entire town of Laglio was roped off, and people whose homes overlook the lake were told to stay inside and away from windows, but we here at the Ministry are focused pretty much only on Casa de Clooney.)

This news according to the Daily Telegraph, which unfortunately repeats the debunked story that Clooney had placed the villa on the market in February.

Divers with Italy's navy were brought in to bring up the things that go boom, the Daily Mail reports, adding that the weapons will be detonated elsewhere, which seems reasonable.

Clooney's comment, per TMZ? "This is not the first bomb I've experienced."

Joking aside, this find is far better than another newsworthy discovery this month in the lake -- on April 3, a passerby spotted the body of a woman who'd apparently been murdered.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney arrive at the Academy Awards on March 7, 2010, in Hollywood. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA.

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