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

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

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

Thousands of people around Berlin's central railway station were evacuated on Friday, April 20 as bomb disposal experts began defusing an unexploded World War II explosive unearthed on a building site.

About 10,000 people had to be evacuated in central Berlin before the 500kg bomb could be defused.

The exclusion zone covers the train station, an army hospital, an art gallery and a museum as well as part of the intelligence service's new headquarters, SBS reports.

German police experts work during the disposal operations of a bomb dropped during World War II on April 20, 2018 near the Hauptbahnhof main railway station in Berlin's Mitte district. Flights were not canceled, but landing planes were told to avoid flying over the bomb site. 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.

A total exclusion zone has been declared around the central railway station, stopping trains, trams and buses.

Police went through the streets with loudhailers, knocked on doors and rung bells, urging people to evacuate.

The discovery of bombs from the second World War is not an uncommon occurrence in Germany with hundreds found ever year.

It was found last Wednesday during construction work in Heidestrasse.

Temporary shelters have also been set up for those affected by the evacuation.

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.

Past year some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt after a massive bomb dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force was unearthed.

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