A World War II bomb exploded on construction site located near the Donnersberger Brücke station in Munich. At least three people were injured, one seriously, the Bild site said.
The blast could be heard several kilometers away. The accident occurred in a sector in works of the railway company Deutsche Bahn. Rail traffic was temporarily suspended. Police cordoned off the area. Outside of this area there is no danger, police noted on Twitter.
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German Interior Minister Joachim Hermann declared to Bild that the cause of the detonation was a 250 kg World War II bomb of weight that was buried and was reached in the course of some surveys.
“Debris flew several hundred meters away. The entire area is currently being searched, ”Hermann added.
Rail traffic was interrupted as a result of the explosion and security forces cordoned off the area, outside of which there is no danger, according to the Munich Police through their Twitter account.
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The detonation occurred after 12 noon local time in the vicinity of the Donnersberger Bridge, near Munich’s central train station.
How you defuse the bombs of WWII
Operations to deactivate the so-called “sleeping bombs” dropped by the Allies in World War II are relatively frequent in Germany and sometimes led to massive evacuations of residents.
The largest operation so far was the one carried out in 2016 in the city of Augsburg, when 54,000 residents were temporarily forced from their homes to defuse a British bomb.
Seventy-six years after the end of the war, Germany still strewn with unexploded ordnance, which are often found during demolition or construction work. Some specialists assure that the subsoil of Berlin hides even more than 4000 pumps.