German police defuse WW II bomb after evacuating central Berlin
21 April, 2018, 10:27 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
"The detonator has been blown off in a controlled explosion", said Berlin police on Twitter, adding "#Goodjob guys".
The British bomb has been removed, the main railway station has reopened and traffic is getting back to normal. The exclusion zone covers the train station, an army hospital, the economy ministry, an art gallery and a museum as well as part of the BND intelligence service's new headquarters. The disruption lasted from 9am to 1.30pm local time.
In May, more than 50,000 people were evacuated from Hanover after a bomb was discovered during pre-construction work on a site in the Vahrenwald district.
Some 3,000 bombs are believed to still lie buried in Berlin, a city of three million people, where bomb disposal squads are well-practiced in defusing them and other ordnance.
In September 2017, tens of thousands of people temporarily abandoned their homes in Frankfurt as technicians worked for hours to defuse a 4,000-pound, World War II-era bomb.
DW reporter Rebecca Ritters was at the scene in Berlin and said the discovery of unexploded bombs was not uncommon in Germany with more than 2,000 tonnes of bombs and live ammunition unearthed across the country every year.
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