Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Mass Planned Evacuation Takes Place in Central Berlin Over WWII Bomb

Mass Planned Evacuation Takes Place in Central Berlin Over WWII Bomb

Undetonated World War II bombs are frequently discovered in Germany, especially during construction projects, prompting disposal operations that often involve large-scale evacuations. 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.

During the morning of Friday 20 April 2018, a World War 2 bomb will be defused in the Mitte district of central Berlin.

Buses, trams and local train services in Berlin were also disrupted and the road where the 500kg bomb was discovered during building work has been closed.

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.

Trains were prevented from stopping at the busy station from 10 a.m., and through traffic was shut down at 11:30 a.m. before experts began their work, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

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The city's central station reopened at 12:30pm. Many thousands of residents and employees will have to stay clear of, or leave the area by 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT), and not return until the bomb is safely defused.

Police said a number of WW2 bombs had found in this area earlier too.

But not generally this close to the city center, we're 300-400 meters from the main train station. Berlin was reduced to ruins in 1945 and about 3000 unexploded bombs are believed to be still lying buried in the city. More than 70 years after the end of World War II, it is not uncommon for unexploded bombs to be in this way in Germany.

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.

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