French bomb disposal experts were called out to check a World War II U.S. tank discovered buried under a street at Chartres, 90 km southwest of Paris.
A digger was brought in to clear away the earth around the tank so the experts could ensure the tank posed no danger, a witness said.
The M5 light tank, which was discovered by council workers, was from the 31st Tank Battalion, part of the 1944 D-Day invasion force that recaptured France from the Nazis. Residents said this particular tank, the first of the invasion force to enter Chartres, had been on reconnaissance when it either ran out of fuel or its tracks broke down. At the time of France's liberation, it was pushed in a hole and buried.