WWII bomb removal to force evacuation around Berlin’s main station
German police say they will have to evacuate a large area of central Berlin including the city’s main train station on Friday to defuse a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) World War II bomb discovered during construction work.
Police wrote on Twitter that the bomb was in a safe condition and there was no immediate danger, but all buildings within 800 meters of the site had to be evacuated from 9 a.m. (1100 UTC) on Friday as a precaution.
The bomb was discovered during construction work on Heidestrasse in Mitte. Even 70 years after the end of World War II, it is still not uncommon for unexploded bombs to be in this way in Germany.
Thousands of bombs still lie beneath German cities and often require temporary evacuations when discovered.
More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are still being found during construction work in Germany, often requiring temporary evacuations.