A WWII bomb exploded in Munich: at least three wounded

Rescuers at the scene of the explosion, near Munich central station (Sven Hoppe / dpa via AP)
Rescuers at the scene of the explosion, near Munich central station (Sven Hoppe / dpa via AP)

The explosion of a World War II bomb unearthed during construction work in Munich, in the south of Germany, left this Wednesday three wounded, as reported by local police.

The explosion occurred in about works on the railroad tracks and was heard from several miles awayaccording to the daily sensational Bild, which specified that one of the three injured people is in serious condition.

The Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim hermann declared to said newspaper that the cause of the detonation was a 250 kg WWII bomb which was buried and was reached in the course of some surveys.

“Debris has blown up 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 for pedestrians, as reported by the Munich Police through their Twitter account.

Smoke after the explosion (Photo: 1414 Leserreporter via Twitter)
Smoke after the explosion (Photo: 1414 Leserreporter via Twitter)

The detonation occurred after 12 noon local time in the vicinity of the bridge Donnersberger, near Munich central train station.

Due to the explosion, train travel to and from the main train station was suspended, according to the rail operator Deutsche Bahn. It was unclear when rail traffic could resume.

More than 2,000 tons of bombs and live ammunition are discovered each year in Germany, more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

British and American warplanes bombed the country with 1.5 million tons of bombs that killed 600,000 people. The authorities estimate that 15% of the bombs did not explode, some digging six meters deep.

Because, operations to deactivate the so-called “sleeping bombs” dropped by the allies in World War II are relatively frequent in Germany and at times they have 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 to leave their homes to defuse a British bomb.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

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