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Why Was Switzerland’s Bad Sackingen Bridge Packed With TNT?

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The Bad Säckingen covered bridge crosses the Rhine river at the German-Swiss border, in Bad Säckingen, Germany. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP - Getty Images

Change comes slowly to Switzerland. This covered bridge — a picturesque tourist attraction in the Alpine nation — contained hundreds of pounds of TNT until October. The explosives were placed in the Bad Säckingen bridge so that it could be detonated in case of foreign invasion.

In December 2014, the Swiss army announced it had finished demining hundreds of bridges and other structures fitted with demolition charges during the Cold War. The Bad Säckingen bridge was one of the last structures to be stripped of its explosives, according to Agence France Presse.

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The Bad Säckingen covered bridge crosses the Rhine river in Stein, Switzerland. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP - Getty Images