Mass evacuation in Berlin after discovery of British World War II bomb

21 April, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • British 500-Kg World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in Berlin today

The zone includes government ministries, a hospital and the city's central railway station.

Police said on Friday that about 10,000 residents and workers were being forced to leave an area of about a square mile, including the train station, for bomb experts to defuse the 1,100lb British bomb dropped during the war.

German police removing a 500kg World War II bomb found near Berlin's Hauptbahnhof main railway station.

Police said the 500kg (1,100lb) bomb, believed to have been made in the United Kingdom, posed no immediate danger but the operation was expected to cause transport chaos in the German capital.

Train, bus and tram services were disrupted for several hours.

British 500-Kg World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in Berlin today

Buildings within a 2,625-foot radius from the German construction site where the British bomb was found will be evacuated beginning 9 a.m. local time as a precaution. Before the bomb disposal experts move in, police will go house to house to check the zone has been completely cleared.

Flights to and from Tegel airport - about 7km away - will not be affected, authorities said on Thursday, although planes coming in to land will avoid flying over the site.

But not generally this close to the city center, we're 300-400 meters from the main train station.

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.

Such finds are also common elsewhere in Europe, and Slovak authorities on Friday had to evacuate people in a town near the southern border with Hungary after four unexploded World War II bombs were found by a man walking his dog.


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