Huge WW2 bomb sends shockwaves in Berlin

Huge WW2 bomb sends shockwaves in Berlin

Huge WW2 bomb sends shockwaves in Berlin

Reportedly, the 500-pound shell was discovered during construction works near the main railway station of the city.

The area to be cleared includes Berlin Hauptbahnhof - the central railway station, an army hospital, the economy and transport ministries and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, the BBC quoted the German police as saying.

The operation will affect long-distance and commuter rail services passing through Berlin's main station from 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) onward.

The bomb was defused by a team of five police specialists, and it was transported to an area outside of town before being destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Ritters said the bombs were quite stable while they were not being moved, but once they begin to move it can become unsafe, which is why authorities were not taking any risks. While the shutdowns were no doubt a headache for these public services and residents for the hours it took to defuse the bomb on Friday, its discovery on Wednesday gave the city a few days to prepare for the shutdown.

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More than seven decades after the end of World War II, Germany "still discovers more than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions every year", says Reuters.

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

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, a 1,400-kilogram bomb discovered in Frankfurt led to almost 60,000 people being evacuated while experts defused the device.

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