WWII bomb defused in Berlin after large evacuation in city center

Several government ministries, the German Intelligence Service, a courthouse and the Museum for Contemporary Art fall within the zone and were closed.

Police said the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Soviet bombs were found in a field in the town of Sturovo.

About 10,000 people had to be evacuated in central Berlin before the 500kg bomb could be defused.

Past year some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt after a massive bomb dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force was unearthed.

A WWII bomb is removed in Berlin, Friday, April 20, 2018.

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.

Berlin's main train station, which fell within the evacuation area, was also evacuated and thousands of passengers disrupted.


In Berlin, police technicians started the disposal operation at 12:45 p.m. - the time and day were chosen to cause the least inconvenience to Berliners, said Konstanze Dassler, a police representative.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's office and Germany's parliament building are close by, but outside the zone.

Berlin is set to hold a large-scale evacuation Friday to allow experts to defuse a 1,100-pound World War II explosive.

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.

Flights to and from Tegel airport - about 7km away - were not affected by the evacuation.

Until the end of the war in 1945, there were 380 air raids by the US, British and Russian air forces on Berlin. They said the bomb was "safe for now", reassuring nearby residents that "there is no immediate danger".


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