Thousands Evacuated at Berlin Soon after World War II Bomb Is Found

Hugh Fox
April 21, 2018

German cities are regularly evacuated over bombs that date back to World War II.

The disposal of the bomb yesterday resulted in evacuation of the train station, the Economy Ministry, a museum and part of a hospital.

Also on Friday, Slovak authorities started evacuating people in the town of Sturovo, near the southern border with Hungary after four World War II bombs were found, according to The Associated Press.

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Local bus and train routes will be disrupted during the operation, but the operator of Berlin's Tegel Airport said Friday's operations will proceed as scheduled.

United Kingdom bomb, which is now being defused, was found at Heidestrasse street, after which police ordered all the buildings located within a 800-meter (over 2,600 feet) radius of the explosive to be evacuated, Der Tagesspiegel media outlet reported.

The police say there is no immediate danger from the 500 kg British bomb, which was found on Heidestrasse last Wednesday.

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Authorities still discover more more than 2,000 tonnes of live munitions every year - more than 70 years after the war ended.

'A short bang - there was a controlled explosion of the detonator away from the bomb, ' the police said. Police went door to door to check the area was empty of people before their specialist team began defusing the bomb.

The central station falls just inside the evacuation area, according to the BerlinerMorgenpost, and is a major stop for long-distance trains. Berlin was reduced to ruins in 1945 and about 3000 unexploded bombs are believed to be still lying buried in the city.

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About 65,000 residents in Frankfurt were evacuated in September as experts successfully defused an unexploded bomb.

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