Officers near Karlsruhe said 16in zucchini really did look very like a bomb after worried resident of Bretten sounded the alarm
A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a second world war bomb in his garden. Officers found a particularly large zucchini.
Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the south-western city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by a worried 81-year-old man.
They said in a statement Friday that officers determined the object, which really did look very like a bomb was actually a 40cm (nearly 16in) courgette.
The offending vegetable, which was very dark in color, weighed about 5kg (11lbs). Police believe someone threw it over a hedge into the garden.
Unexploded wartime bombs are unearthed frequently during construction work in Germany, often forcing authorities to evacuate residents while they are defused.